High Notes, Vol 13 No 2, February 10 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
At Monday’s swimming carnival great High spirit was shown by James Chee, Darren Chien, Connor Fisher, James Goh, Kevin Guo, Michael Hamilton, Luke Hoad, Garry Huang, Jun Kurosawa, Eugene Lee, Andrew Li (7R), Elliot Love, Yu Peng Man, Kai Matsumoto, Ethan May, Jaspar McCahon-Boersma, Ennes Mehmedbasic, Kazuo Nakamura, Simon Nguyen, Shaun Pak, Jason Qiu, Michael Sawang, Aaron Tse, Matthew Whittaker, Corey Won, Michael Yang and Tiger Zhang. These boys each competed in 5 or more events at the carnival – a great effort!

Voluntary Contributions
Parents are reminded that the ‘early bird’ discount, (eligible for invoices paid in full), expires on Wednesday, February 29th. Contrary to a recent report “Public system raises the bar on private contributions” (SMH, Feb 4), High does not have subject fees. Your global contribution includes: elective subject delivery costs, school planners, textbooks, competition entry fees, entry to school Values Education and other performances, a copy of The Record, capitation fees to AAGPS and CHS, student award scheme awards, 24/7 student insurance and the salaries of the equivalent of two full time teachers to assist with the delivery of school programs. The sports levy pays for MICs, lead coaches and sports administration, the technology levy for the two full time ICT managers. In order for the school to meet its obligations to its employees for non-teaching duties (>$90k per month), it relies heavily on its parents. High is fortunate that 94% of parents see the value in High’s services and make the contribution willingly.

Qualifying standards
Year 10 students and their families need to be aware of a changed policy for entry into Mathematics Extension in 2013. Only the top 164 boys (ranked on their Yearly Year 10 mathematics mark) will be eligible to commence the Mathematics Extension course in Year 11. There will be two 2-unit classes. The policy of having the strongest 80 or so Year 11 Mathematics students sit for the HSC in 2-unit remains unchanged. Extension 2 Mathematics is limited to 120 places. In English Extension after Preliminary, only 72 places are offered for the Year 12 course. In Physics and Chemistry, boys who fail to reach band 4 standard (70 on their Preliminary report mark) will be asked to move to the Senior Science course for Year 12 or to withdraw from the science course that they are weak in.

Homophobic Harassment
Students and their parents should be aware that the school has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on homophobic harassment, bullying or teasing. At High we are proudly anti-discriminatory. No individual should be discriminated against by virtue of his sexual identity, race, religion or cultural custom. We promote ourselves as a band of academic brothers and must put our actions where our words are. Students who discriminate against others, verbally, physically, in writing or online, can expect strong negative consequences. Any defence based on the idea that teenage discourse customarily encompasses the use of homophobic language to the extent that it has lost its original meaning, will be disregarded. The essence of the problem is in repetition of discriminatory words or phrases and multiple perpetrators repeating them.

Uncollected reports
I have still too many uncollected reports. I have set aside 0830-1000 on Monday, February 13 for boys to come and collect reports. There will be a booking sheet provided. I am also available at recess and lunch except for Tuesday. Parents are requested to remind their sons of their obligation to discuss the Yearly report with the Principal and bring it home.

Summer Sports Assembly February 3, 2012
At the summer sports assembly for term 1, our guest Liz Deep-Jones spoke of her dedication to sports and her translation of this dedication and self-belief into her career as a sports commentator, TV interviewer and author. She stressed the value of developing self-confidence through sports and applying that attribute to life. My address to the assembly follows.

"Good morning and welcome to our summer sports assembly. We are here today to recognise and pay tribute to our boys selected in GPS teams whose competition commences in term 1- namely Tennis, water polo, swimming and sailing. To our special guest, Liz Deep-Jones, MICs, coaches, parents and staff – thank you for your attendance.

"Sailing is flourishing at Double Bay Sailing Club and has secured a long term arrangement with the club and will enjoy the enlarged and refurbished facilities by Term 4. Thank you to Carrie Waring for all her work in preparing yet another grant application, this time on behalf of the club. Thank you again to coach Adam South for his work in building up the program, particularly to a standard to be competitive in NSW Teams racing. Well done to Mr Moody for his season as a very ‘hands on’ MIC. Sachiyo James as Catering Coordinator, ably assisted by her team of parents and sailing boys as waiters, served up great suppers at the P & C ‘Thank You Evening’ last December and again this week at our’ Welcome Night’ for new parents. Their efforts raise the funds that are keeping our fleet of boats and sails well maintained.

"Thank you to Mr Loizou for his organisation and promotion of High swimming in 2011. I expect that everyone will support the school swimming carnival on Monday, whatever the weather. Let’s hope Mr Loizou is back with us again soon. In the GPS competition, particularly in the junior division, participation is the key to success. We could use more juniors in our racing program to build on our great third place in the 2011 season. I urge more boys to involve themselves in a well organised program.

"Thank you to Ms Davis for taking over Water Polo as MIC and administering the changeover from Ms Evans seamlessly. This is a sport with a definite upside for competitors. We could expand our GPS involvement with more players.

"Thank you to Mr Wright for taking over as Administrative MIC of tennis and taking care of Saturday morning arrangements. Mr David Deep, the new tennis professional for the Sydney High courts, continues to build our tennis capacity as lead coach. He has recruited Catherine Barclay as second grade coach. The Tennis Committee has been active, organising a fundraiser and subsidising an impressive tennis camp in Melbourne, taking in daily visits to the Australian Open. High has the structure and programs now to really start to cement a place in the top half of the GPS competition

"Ron Barassi published a little illustrated book last year with the confident title of Wisdom: Life lessons from an Australian legend. His signature is subscripted with the number 17410 and his lucky number and playing number, 31. As a player or coach Barassi participated in seventeen grand finals for ten wins. The book is a collection of aphorisms and quotes with accompanying commentary by Barassi. For example, he writes: “Success is best measured by how far you have come with the talents you have been given.” He asserts that just as we admire people with disabilities to achieve beyond what we would rationally expect, so too should we be disappointed by those who have natural ability fail to improve on what they could already do without really trying. You boys all know approximately how much natural talent you have for the performance of discrete skills or tasks. We also know when we fall short of doing justice to that talent. Ultimately, we let ourselves down when we have not given of our best. The message is to only take pride in any achievement which exceeded your own expectations based on your natural ability.

"The application of his message to the High situation is clear. In GPS competition we frequently face the challenge of opponents with superior natural talents to ours, we need to rise to the occasion and give the contest everything we have. If we are defeated, so be it, but we will be able to gain satisfaction from knowing that we performed as well as we could have. If you can honestly say that about your individual performances each week, we can ask for nothing more from you.

"I extend my congratulations to all boys who have been selected in GPS teams to represent their school. Strive for your best this season consistently!"
Dr K A Jaggar

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Student First Aid Requirements

Notice to All Parents It is a parent’s responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipen’s need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Peer Mediation at SBHS

Peer mediation is a program run by trained Year 11 students which seeks to help solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved. The program helps the students resolve conflicts while under the guidance of two Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a dispute.

How it works
If you are feeling unhappy with the way another student is treating you, in class, in the playground or on the way to and from school or if you think another student is undermining you behind your back or in cyber space you can do something to stop the problem. By e mailing the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it you can request a peer mediation which will result in a resolution and an agreement so that you can get on with the rest of school life in peace.

Peer mediations are friendly, unthreatening and quick and have a very high success rate. So don’t put up with feeling unhappy or let things get out of control. Take charge and e mail a request with your details.

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Senior Drama Production

Auditions The Drama departments of Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls are once again teaming together to create an original Senior Production. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in Campbell Hall. The production will be staged in Week 7 of Term 2 and will require students involved to attend several Sunday rehearsals leading up to the show.

Students in Years 10 and 11 are invited to audition on Tuesday 14 February. This will be a workshop audition held in Campbell Hall from 3:30-5:00pm. Students must register their names outside the Drama Studio before the workshop. Successful students will be called back for a second prepared audition the following week. Anyone who can play an instrument, sing and dance is also encouraged to come along.

If you have any further questions please contact Ms Rohr at the school.

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Die Deutsche Frage - Und Die Antwort

The first question clearly was just too easy – the answers came in thick and fast. Niyazul Bari (Yr 9), Kabir Agrawal (Yr 8) and R Boros (class unknown) all had their answers: Andrea and Ulli were two storms which hit Europe – and therefore Germany - during January - in before recess. Well done, boys. The next question should be a bit more challenging. Viel Spass beim Raten!

Eine Flasche für alle Jahreszeiten. Wieso? Warum?
Frau St Leon

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From the Canteen

Don’t miss out on food you want! Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen but keep missing out? Order ahead and reserve what you want! Make sure you are on the right queue!

  • The lines at the front of the canteen are for Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Please make sure you are in the correct line to avoid overcrowding and causing delays in service.
  • A quick service window for drinks, ice blocks etc is around the corner – no lunch items can be bought at this window.

Thank you to our volunteers for last week and some from December. Our apologies to anyone whose name is omitted from the list by mistake. Your services are invaluable and very much appreciated.

MONDAY: Vicki Moller, Sandra Vuong
TUESDAY: Lorna Deng, Jie Jane Lin, Mary Chan, Sandra Vuong, Nancy Andrew,
WEDNESDAY: Cindy Tseu, Jenny Mou
THURSDAY: Sachiyo James, Mi Young Kim, Kyung-gi An, Mia Park
FRIDAY: Connie Tai, Maria Ngyuen,

MONDAY; Pam Jepson, Usha Arvind, Youki Kita Leong,
TUESDAY: Annette Ng, Pauline Chan, Angela Feng,
WEDNESDAY: Cindy Tseu, Jenny Mou,
THURSDAY: Nancy Andrew,
FRIDAY: Soogie

Thank you
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

Term Week Friday’s date Coaching on? Events
1 1 3 Feb No  
1 2 10 Feb No Show Debate for Juniors.  Great Hall.  Friday lunchtime.
1 3 17 Feb Yes Compulsory Meeting for Junior Debating Students.  Great Hall.
Friday lunch time.
1 4 24 Feb Yes Launch of Junior Debating Club.
1 5 2 March Yes 1st March DSG Meeting for Parents
Eastside: SBHS v Scots
FED: SBHS v Knox
1 6 9 March Yes Eastside: SBHS v Reddam
FED: Joey’s v SBHS 
1 7 16 March Yes Eastside: SBHS v Grammar
FED: Trinity v SBHS
1 8 23 March Yes Eastside: SGHS v SBHS
FED:SBHS v Newington
1 9 30 March Yes Eastside: SCEGGS V SBHS
1 10 6 April No  
Easter Holidays
2 1 27 April Yes  
2 2 4 May Yes Eastside Semi Finals @ Scots
FED: Barker v Sydney Boys
2 3 11 May Yes Eastside Grand Final @ Scots
2 4 18 May Yes Friday May 18 FED semi-final 1 – tba
2 5 25 May Yes Friday May 25 FED semi-final 2 – tba
2 6 1 June Yes Friday June 1 FED Grand Final – tba
2 7 8 June Yes  
2 8 15 June Yes  
2 9 22 June Yes  
2 10 29 June No  
Winter Holidays
3 1 20 July Yes  
3 2 27 July Yes Debating Assembly
3 3 3 Aug Yes SHS v SIC
3 4 10 Aug Yes Shore v SHS
3 5 17 Aug Yes SHS v TKS
3 6 24 Aug Yes SHS v SJC
3 7 31 Aug Yes TSC v SHS
3 8 7 Sep Yes SGS v SHS
Saturday 8th September Debating Dinner

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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Music Notes

Welcome back to an exciting new year for Music. All ensembles are now up and running and we welcome any new members, please see the Music Staff if you are unsure of which ensemble to join. We will have many concerts and performance opportunities for students in the Music Performance Program. Look out for any upcoming events in future Music Notes.

The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 201
Intermediate  Stage Band
Room 201
String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
Junior Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 101
Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 207
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4
String Ensemble
Room 207
Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
BB Courts 3.30 - 4.30
Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
Percussion Ensemble
Room 201

The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.

Students need to remember to schedule lessons at a different time to rehearsals. An attendance rate of 80% is necessary to obtain Awards Scheme points and a Music Pocket for senior boys.

Music Recruitment Evening

If you missed out on our Music Recruitment Evening on Thursday and are interested in your son learning an instrument and/or joining one of our many ensembles, please speak to the Music Staff to arrange for an instrumental tutor and instrument if required. We look forward to a fantastic year of musical performances.

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Sydney High School Cadet Unit


Cadet training introduces boys to a wide range of activities and skills which, it is hoped, will give them recreational and service options later in life.

It teaches them self-reliance and endurance, especially by participating in camps, bivouacs and expeditions that can be, at times, arduous.

Cadet membership builds confidence and self-esteem, especially when cadets participate and succeed in activities which, to them, are new and perhaps frightening.

It places them under a relatively uncompromising system of control and discipline which, if accepted, will develop their efficiency and dependability, and teach them to accept and appreciate authority, and to carry out legitimate directions efficiently and willingly.

Cadets become involved in individual areas in which to strive for excellence – in their dress, performance and endurance,

Cadet training develops teamwork, especially in rigorous and adverse conditions, developing generosity and care for others, and combating the tendency to complain and give up.

Cadet service provides opportunities for promotion to very real positions of authority and leadership. Promotion is offered on merit and cadet responsibilities develop efficiency, integrity, dependability and sense of service.

Promotion is not offered lightly and the cadet must understand that behaviour outside cadet service is included and, so, his overall lifestyle should improve.

Cadets, especially those in positions where they must teach, instruct, plan, control and lead will develop personal attributes of character often not found in the average adult, and this while they are at school !

Involvement in various ceremonial and public events - the School’s ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, ANZAC Day city march and support to ex-service organisations and charities helps in their becoming more civic and nationally minded, more patriotic and more appreciative of those men and women who have served the Nation when called upon, and of those in the community who serve voluntarily, and often unknown, in so many organisations that help the needy and afflicted.

High boys who commit themselves to cadet service should, over their period of training (and it is designed on a four to five year cycle), learn much, give much and gain much.

I don’t know just how much of the above was in the minds of school authorities when the Unit was raised back in 1883, but I expect that their aims for the boys then may have been something pretty similar.

Over the years the Army Cadet programme has continued to contribute to the social capital of Australia.

As an ex-cadet and a parent, I know that the system works and that the boys gain so much from the cadet programme that will help them as they progress through life.

There is no doubt that they, and the Nation, are richer through their involvement in the Army Cadet programme.


We are currently enrolling new cadets. Contact Sergeants Vincent Ye or Nicholas Ooi for applications forms. Numbers are limited so don’t delay in submitting your application. Year 7 applicants should note a minimum age of 12½ applies. Underage boys may lodge their enrolment applications now. However, enrolment will be delayed until they reach 12 ½ years.


Congratulations to Mr Anthony Ho on his promotion to Second Lieutenant (2LT). 2LT Ho will now take on the responsibilities of Training Officer for the Unit. Congratulations to Unit Assistant Christopher Budd on his marriage to Bonnie. Our best wishes to you both.

Richard Knowles Major AAC
Officer Commanding SBHS Cadet Unit.

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Ian Sweeting P&C President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SBHS Big Night Out

Sydney Boys High Big Night Out has been rescheduled – Sunday 1st April
Due to a calendar clash, the date for the Big Night Out has been rescheduled to Sunday 1st April. Please adjust your diary for our annual family event. We look forward to seeing you for what will be a fun filled evening - food, music and games from around the world that the whole family can enjoy.

First General P&C Meeting for 2012

Our first P&C meeting for 2012 will be held in the Great Hall, next Wednesday 15th February. Dr Jaggar will be presenting and talking to the HSC results for the Class of 2011. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Setting up Your Individual Parent Portal Login

The Parents Portal on the school website is accessed by via individual parent logins. To create a personal account you will require the following two pieces of information:

  1. The Family Correspondence Email address you supplied at enrolment; and
  2. The Student ID Number of your son/ward as printed on his timetable.

If you have multiple children attending the school, any ID Number will suffice. If you have trouble recalling the email address you supplied, your son can tell you by looking up the My Details section of the Student Portal. Alternatively, contact the school Administrative Office.

Once you have these two pieces of information, create a personal Parent Portal Account:

  1. Go to the school website www.sydneyboyshigh.com
  2. Click Intranet Login in the bottom left-hand menu
  3. Click parent registration on the bottom RH corner of the open screen and follow the instructions.
  4. Securely store the individual username and password you have created to access the Parents Portal.

Once you have a personal account, you will be able to see the following details for your son/ward.

  • Absences; Library Borrowings; Carnival Results; Laptop Details; Timetable; PLUS Minutes from P&C meetings; Additional Useful Parent Information

Upcoming P&C Parking Events

Please find listed below upcoming P&C parking events. Each co-curricular supporters group has a nominated parking coordinator whose role is to ensure that sufficient numbers of parents and boys are available to meet the expected demand.

If you are unsure of the contact details of your co-curricular parking coordinator, you should email the appropriate supporters’ groups.

Saturday 11 February – Sydney FC v Perth Glory (Cricket)
Friday 17 February – ODI Australia V Sri Lanka (School)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

P&C General Meeting – 7:30pm, Wednesday 15 February.
Speech Night – 7:15pm, Tuesday 21 February.
SBHS Big Night Out – 5:00pm, Sunday 1 April.

Ian Sweeting

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

4 February 2012

Sailing resumed this weekend and Sydney High sailors produced a mixed set of results in the racing on Rose Bay. The first round of the Point Score competition was sailed with a fluky wind from the NW-SW at 2-5 knots, making the competition even more unpredictable.

Ennes Mehmedbasic and Tiger Zhang were the standout skipper and crew this week, with a first and a second podium place in the two races and presently they would be leading the Saturday Point Score. Marcus James had some inconsistent results this Saturday with a DNF and a first place finish.

Other boats and skippers (Bart Daniels, Daniel Fang and David Evans) were able to place in the top ten in the second race and it was very pleasing to see Sydney High both leading the fleet and finishing with five of the first ten placings. Our sailors must try to maintain this consistency throughout the term and with continual improvement and fine tuning, it is possible to achieve. Some sailors were a little rusty from the long break and it is hoped that they come up to speed quickly and make the racing more competitive. It was also pleasing to see two of the new sailors present this week at Sailing as well as the continued support from the Principal, Dr Jaggar who was present when the boats were launched.

Next week’s sailing is to be conducted earlier to accommodate other sailing in 29ers and it is hoped that Sydney High sailors prepare to arrive at DBSC earlier. A 7.30am start is required.

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the SHSSA will be at 8.30 am on Saturday 18th February 2012 at DBSC

Round One sailing results are summarised below.

4 February 2012

Place Sail
Skipper/Crew Race 1
(27 boats)
Race 2
(27 boats)
Final Points
1 16 Ennes Mehmedbasic/ Tiger Zhang 1st 2nd 3
2 17 Bart Daniels/Gavin Sutton 12th 8th 20
3 15 David Evans/ 13th 9th 22
4 11 Daniel Fang/ Dexter Gordon 16th 7th 23
5 16 Marcus James/Connor Robinson DNF 1st 29
6 12 Darren Tiang/ Vincent Xu 17th 15th 32
7 10 Tim Pilien/  15th 18th 33
8 18 Kai Matsumoto/ Toby Funston 18th 20th 38
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Sydney Boys High School Tennis

High vs Shore

  1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 L 3-6 6-4 10-12 1 + 2 L 2-6 1-6
D2 3 + 4 W 6-3 3-6 10-8 3 + 5 L 0-6 2-6
D3 5 + 6 W 1-6 6-2 10-7 4 + 6 L 1-6 6-7
S1 Brian Tran L 3-6 0-2 ret. Josh Sangueza L 6-3 2-6 6-7
S2 Frank Zhang L 4-6 4-6 Adam Smagarinsky W 7-5 6-2
S3 Patrick Rynsaardt W 6-0 6-1 James Chan L 1-6 6-4 1-6
S4 Lachlan Day L 7-6 6-7 4-6 Yuan Shi L 3-6 2-6
S5 Robert Risteski L 6-1 3-6 1-6 Ian Li L 3-6 2-6
S6 Anton Brockman W 3-6 6-4 7-6 Denny Dien L 2-6 4-6

1st Grade
The boys were looking to kick start 2012 with a win against Shore. The day started off really well with High winning 2 of the 3 doubles to put us in a strong position going into the singles. The number 3 doubles pairing of Rob and Anton were able to come back from a set down to take the match in a super tiebreak. Number 2 doubles, Pat and Lachlan were able to close out their match despite dropping the second set. In the number 1 doubles with Brian and Frank, a series of missed opportunities in the super tiebreak cost us the match, going down 10-12 in the super tiebreak. In the singles, Patrick played a near faultless match, easily dispatching his opponent in no time, winning 6-0 6-1. Anton played a marathon match lasting almost 3 hours in a superb effort, edging his opponent in three tight sets, 3-6 6-4 7-6. Frank had a bizarre match that consisted of 14 breaks of serve, going down 4-6 4-6. In a dramatic and unprecedented sequence of events, Brian was forced to succumb to injury after leading 3-1 in the first. Lachlan, after having match points in the second set tiebreak was unable to overcome sickness and cramps going to down in three tight sets; and Robert after taking the first set comfortably, began cramping in the second, being unable to recover in the third set going down 6-1 3-6 1-6. The final result after an extremely close and competitive day that saw 6 of the 9 matches go three sets saw High go down 4 matches to 5, with the overall fitness of the boys and missed opportunities ultimately costing High the win.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade
After training hard in the summer break our team was ready for the first rubber of the new year against Shore. As the clouds cleared up we began our doubles, looking to win some matches early. However, we played poorly for the most part, losing No 1 and 2 doubles in straight sets. Yuan and Denny bounced back after losing the first set but ultimately could not get the job done, losing 6-7 in the second set. In the singles our No 1 Josh started his match strongly, winning the first 6-3. After losing the second set, Josh earned himself a number of match points in the third and deciding set, but could not capitalise on these and was unlucky to lose the set 6-7. Adam continued his good form from last round, he played consistently to win a close first set 7-5 and close out the second with relative ease. James, Yuan, Ian and Denny all had positives to draw out of their matches, even though no wins were recorded. We hope to improve on this performance next week where we face a confident Newington team.
James Chan

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SHS Rowing

Shore Regatta Results

This was a full regatta with all 16 crews racing. It was a good start to the year with improved times across all senior/Y10 eights, and congratulations have to go to the following standout Junior quads–

Race/Crew Place Names Time
Year 9 1st Quad 2nd Nick Phillis, Louis Huyen, Yi Luo, Jesse Nixon, (c) Keith Chambers 4.01.54
Year 9 2nd Quad 2nd Jackson Tan, Jing Li, Bennette Jiang, James Tinker, (c) Stephen Ngo  
Year 9 3rd Quad 2nd Phillip Mai, Joshua Maloof, Brian Mo, William Chang, (c) Stratton Vakirtzis 4.19.32
Year 8 1st Quad 3rd William Chen, Oliver Lethbridge, Jacob Katafono, Stuart Benjamin, (c) Remington Lim 4.33.55
Year 8 2nd Quad 2nd Richard Ding, Wesley Zhan, Edward Belokopytov, Kevin Fan, (c) Dan Xu 4.26.89
Year 8 3rd Quad 2nd Manning Blackall, Jason Qiu, Robert Yuan, Harry Park, (c) John Chen 5.01.64

Boat Naming Cocktail Party

The cocktail party last Saturday night was a huge success, with over 150 people attending. The ‘High Rowing Family’ including old boys, parents, supporters, rowers and families turned out in force to celebrate the naming of 5 boats. It was an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of dedicated parents to the High Rowing Program, who had boats named in their honour – Geoff Andrews, Anitak Bezjak, Peter Ambrose, and Katharine Deacon.

Thank you to the Rowing Committee and parents for the outstanding catering and contribution to the event. A total of approx. $6,000 was raised on the night, and with two old boys generously donating $1000 each, we have almost completed the payment on the new Sykes VIII, the ‘CWP Barris’, named in honour of Deputy Principal, Mr Con Barris.

The School 1st VIII are very excited to be rowing in the ‘CWP Barris’ at State Championships this coming weekend.

Regattas this week, Saturday 11th February

Newington Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay – This is a Junior regatta with Y8, Y9 and Y10 crews racing.

NSW State Rowing Championships at SIRC – The School 1st and 2nd VIII will be racing in this regatta on the Saturday, and the Year 9 1st quad will be racing on the Sunday.

All regatta entries and results can be found on the Rowing NSW website www.rowingnsw.asn.au 

Welcome New Rowers

We welcome 28 Year 7 boys and a few Year 9 boys to High Rowing at Abbotsford. They will be learning the skills of rowing over the next few weeks on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Social Rowing

Our Junior crews had a social rowing morning with SGHS on January 28, which included some races and a barbecue at our sheds. This will hopefully be an annual event.

Thank you

Craig Phillis, President Rowing Committee, for organising the ‘painting of the oars’. It was great to see parents turn up to help their son patch, sand and paint their oars ready for racing.

Upcoming Events

Date Junior Regatta Senior Regatta
February 11th Newington Regatta - Hen & Chicken Bay NSW State Champs - SIRC
February 18th Scots Regatta - Hen & Chicken Bay Kings Regatta - SIRC
February25th High Regatta - Hen & Chicken Bay SRC Regatta - SIRC
March 3rd GPS Junior Time Trial Parramatta River  
March 10th   AAGPS Head of the River - SIRC
March 17th NSW CHS Champs
Nepean River
NSW CHS Champs
Nepean River

Other Events this Term –

  • Year 10 rowers will be going to Melbourne with Mr Con Barris, and coaches Shahar Merom and Gareth Deacon on Tuesday 14 February returning Saturday 18 February.
  • Rowing Boatshed Dinner is in the Great Hall on Wednesday 29 February.
  • GPS Rowing Assembly is on Friday 9 March.

If you are not receiving information via email 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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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Shore

High Shore 2011 Round 1 Term 4

High Vs Shore Term 4, 2011
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

High vs Shore 2011 Term 4 (This time)

High Vs Shore Term 1, 2012
1st WIN 63-42 C.JURLINA 15pts, 10 rebs, 6 assists
2nds LOSS 59-39 N. SUTTON 9
4th WIN (OT) 34-30 L.FANG 14
5th LOSS 40-26 J.PALLANDI 12
6th LOSS 34-27 V.CHEN 6
7th LOSS 40-19 I.HUANG 8
8th WIN 34-16 R.MAHAJAN 14
16A LOSS 27-29 S.BELL 8
16B WIN 32-22 A.ALI 8
16C LOSS 31-35 P.GAO 14
16D WIN 29-23 A.TAYEH 8
16F WIN 23-6 W.TAN 8
15A LOSS 23-24 B.MUSULIN 10
15B LOSS 42-18 J.YANG 4
15E WIN 34-24 R.LI 10
15F WIN 45-5 H.ZHU 17
14B WIN 25-18 D.HOANG 5
14C LOSS 46-20 A.CHEN, D.WANG 6
14F LOSS 15-40 H.HUANG 6

1st Grade Table

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 9 8 1 699 460 17
High 9 8 1 687 495 17
Newington 9 5 4 575 430 14
St. Ignatius' 9 5 4 680 572 14
St. Joseph's 9 4 5 590 583 13
Shore 9 4 5 500 527 13
Grammar 9 2 7 484 603 11
Kings 9 0 9 302 819 9

A win last Saturday meant that High remained at the top of the table with Scots and remain on track to at least claim a co premiership this season. For that to happen we need to remain undefeated throughout the rest of the season which will be tough given the tight nature of the competition but certainly possible if we can create a strong High atmosphere at homes games to capitalise on this advantage.

Home Game vs Newington this Week

The first home game of 2012 is this Saturday against Newington, with whom we have an intense rivalry. This will be a key game with Newington statistically having the best defence in the league, and our team requires your support to help them win. For all our new basketball players, 1st and 2nd grade matches provide a great opportunity to watch high quality basketball which helps you develop your own game.

2nd Grade games begin at 10:00, 1st grade games at 11:15.

The High Basketball Player's Checklist

High has one of the best school basketball programs in Australia, and an important part of that is mentality of our players. Are you doing all of these?

  1. Be committed - turn up to games on Saturday on time and ready to play
  2. Listen to the coach's advice - they strive to make you the best player possible, it is in your interest to listen to what they say
  3. Be a team player - basketball is a team sport, so play with a team oriented approach. Play for your friends and teammates
  4. Give 100%, both at training and during games
  5. Never giving up, even when things get tough

~ 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

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Swimming Carnival 2012

RECORDS SET ON Monday, 6 February 2012

EVENT: Backstroke 50-100m
16 Years -  Eugene LEE - Rubie - 1'13.88 Mins

EVENT: Butterfly 50-100m
14 Years - Kazuo NAKAMURA - McKay - 0'31.72 Mins

EVENT: Freestyle 100m
16 Years - Eugene LEE - Rubie - 1'01.80 Mins

EVENT: Freestyle 200m
13 Years - Jun KUROSAWA - Rubie - 2'35.10 Mins

EVENT: Freestyle 50m
15 Years - Leonard MAH - Rubie -  26.80 Secs

Age Champions

12 Years
LUO, Harvey - Torrington 40
ZHENG, Jonathan - Saxby 28
YANG, Michael - Fairland 11

13 Years
QIU, Jason - Fairland 52
KUROSAWA, Jun - Rubie 31
GUO, Kevin - Eedy 25

14 Years
NAKAMURA, Kazuo - McKay 41
KATAFONO, Jacob - Saxby 18
TRAJCEVSKI, Andrew - Rubie 14

15 Years
SAWANG, Michael - McKay 52
CHEE, James - McKay 30
MAH, Leonard - Rubie 30

16 Years
LEE, Eugene - Rubie 44
CHIEN, Darren - Eedy 38
MAN, Yu Peng - Fairland 24

17+ Years
CHIEN, Max - Eedy 37
PAK, Shaun - Rubie 22
MEHMEDBASIC, Ennes - Torrington 21

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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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Chess Recruitment

All students at Sydney Boys High,

SBHS CHESS is looking for new players.

Coaching lectures and practice sessions are on Friday mornings 8:00-9:00 in room 104. The first class is on Friday, February 10. Come along and find out more.

Everyone is welcome to join

In 2011 we won:
- Senior and Intermediate divisions of the NSW interschool competition
- GPS chess championship
- Our open team came 4th in the Australian Schools Teams Championship

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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

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

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

Students are reminded to:-

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

During 2012, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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