High Notes, Vol 13 No 26, August 24 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Fayed Morshedi (Year 8) who achieved the top score in NSW and ACT in the ICAS English Competition. Well done to our Intermediate and Junior A Chess teams. They have won their Regional Finals in the Inter Schools Junior Chess League competition.

Prefect Intern Elections
Year 11 students have put their names forward for placement on the Ballot Paper for the election of Prefect Interns for 2012-3. Students have to qualify before their names can be added to the Ballot. The first hurdle to jump is the Student Award Scheme requirement. Candidates have to demonstrate how they will achieve a Platinum level award by the end of this year. Students enrolling after 2008 need equivalent progress of one award per year. The second benchmark is attendance. School role models cannot have unexplained absences or a record of a lack of punctuality. Potential candidates have known this since term 3, 2011. Likewise, there is an assumption of academic competency in a selective school underpinning the role of School Prefect. Students with unresolved progress issues are unsuitable for the role of Prefect as all their energies would be needed in meeting the school standard. The academic cut-off score for 12 units is 441. Students below this score at their last report are vetoed. They need to appeal to the Principal and attach at least one letter of support from a teacher indicating improved progress. The Executive will be considering candidates at their meeting next week. Mr Dowdell has informed applicants that they have not qualified.

HSC Practicals
As the Trial HSC continues, some students are actually sitting for HSC practical examinations. On Monday afternoon the Drama class was assessed for its pieces. On Friday Music 2 students had their compositions recorded. On Monday, Design and Technology students have to submit their major works and Visual Arts students have to hand in their bodies of work. Let’s help out our boys where we can so that they can meet their deadlines.

GPS Debating
It was great to have a home debate evening where the first grade was done and dusted by 9:10. It was good that competitors, parents, visitors and staff could enjoy a debate and get a reasonably swift result and adjudication. I hope that the changed length of speeches and the immediate adjudication provisions will make home debates more attractive to the High community. We have another home debate this Friday. Both our first and second grade teams are undefeated this season in GPS and I’m sure they would really appreciate your support.

Scholarship Applications
Application forms are now available for both the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship and the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship on the school website. These scholarships are open to students who will be enrolled in Sydney Boys High in 2013. Applications close on November 30. I urge more boys to go to the website to find out about the scholarships.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Educational Access Scheme (2013)

Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control.

Students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2013 will need to download their booklets and application forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au 

If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be in to them with all required documentation by beginning of week 8, term 3 (or before if possible). The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September 2012 rests with the individual student.
E Harman and J Noakes
School Counsellors

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Die (Vielleicht Letzte) Deutsche Frage?

Hallo – wer liest die “High Notes” im Internet?
So far no answers to either question.

Frage eins: Wer ist der Koenig von Wien?
Tipp zwei: Wau, wau Tipp drei: ein Foto von einem Hund!!! (Ein Polizeihund?)

Frage zwei: Ein Spitzname (nickname) fuer meinen Scooter.
Zwei Schokoriegel warten – aber nicht mehr lange!
Frau St Leon

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From the High Store

Father's Day Sale

30% OFF Foldable Chair with SHS crest

Great for dad to watch your match
Normally $50 NOW $35

Limited Time
Sale Ends 31st AUG

The High Store will be closed the last two weeks of Term 3 from Monday 10th Sept through to last day of term. The shop will open for one day only on Friday 14th Sept. 10.30-1.30. No blazer orders, braiding & lines will be done on this day.

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From the Administrative Office

Cash Register Window

Please ensure that all students have the correct money when making cash payments at the register. Remember payments can be made before school, recess and lunchtime.
Thank you for your cooperation.

First Aid

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

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Year 12 Parents

You are invited to attend a dinner at:


TIME: 6-30PM

$40 PER HEAD (payable prior to the evening)

For payment details please contact Karen Chiam : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Payments to be made by Friday 7th September.
Karen Chiam
Year 12 Parent Representative

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PAWS Raffle

Please support the PAWS Committee by buying a raffle ticket (or three!). All monies raised will be donated to Peanuts Funny Farm. $1 per ticket or three for $2. What a bargain!

Great prizes to be won!

Four x $10 canteen vouchers
Giant box of chocolates
Two cinema tickets
Two x $20 Breadtop vouchers
Five x teacher slaves for a lunchtime

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From the Andrews (Junior) Library

The junior library has been show casing the Olympics highlights on the big screen for the duration of the games.

On the 31st of August Richard Harland (Ferren and the Angel) will be discussing fantasy writing with all of Year 8.  

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SBHS Debating

We have 3 more weeks of GPS to run and this week is our last Home debate against St Joseph’s. I am hoping to get a big crowd to watch the Firsts Debate. I really recommend that you come and see this phenomenal team in action. This home debate and the last debate against Grammar are two that I would really encourage you to watch. In addition our seconds remain undefeated in GPS and so we should have a big crowd to watch them as well.

We did well last week winning 10 out of the fourteen official debates. Well done boys and a particular thanks to the Year 9s and 10s who put the rooms back for us. That really helps me at the end of the night. Also a big thank you the Chair people - it was great to see so many new faces doing this. Chairing is a great way to learn better debating skills and if you are in Year 7 you can do that in pairs and both get award points! Also a massive thanks to my three helpers: Calum York, Nathan Kong and Oliver Long who really do a fantastic job of helping me out from 3.30 until 10pm. I am especially grateful for the vegetarian kebab they get for me!

Have you remembered to pay for the Debating Dinner yet? This is a fantastic night to celebrate our achievements and this year we have the usual Debater of the Year prizes plus each debating coach is nominating someone to win a $20 i tunes voucher. That means lots of prizes. Also you will have fun watching the coaches in their debate plus a lovely meal AND all for $20 - what a bargain!

Advance warning that because many of our coaches are going to Canberra for their own debating competitions on August 31st there will be some changes to debating coaching. At the moment I am definitely suspending all non GPS debating in Year 9 and above for that week only.

I look forward to seeing lots of you on Friday night.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

1st grade knew last week against Kings would be a difficult debate, with their team having made the ISDA finals earlier in the year (the competition for private schools). With the easier negative of having all juries made up of retired legal practitioners, we put in a solid team performance in front of a packed crowd in 205 to secure a unanimous decision. Credit must also go to our 3rd grade side who stepped up to seconds whilst the Year 11s were away at MUNA and managed to win also. Today against Joeys is our final ever GPS home debate, and we would love another large crowd to turn up to support us!
Christopher Chiam
Debating Captain and Prefect

There are only 3 more debates left in the 2012 Debating Season.
Make sure you get to one of them.

24th August: Home against St Josephs.
31st August : Away against Scots College
7th Sep: Away against Grammar
8th Sep 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

HSC Showcase Concert and Visual Arts Display

The HSC showcase will be held on Monday 27th of August in the GREAT HALL starting at 5pm. This is an opportunity for you to come, hear and view the students work!!! PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT YOUR PEERS!!! Staff are also welcome to see an extraordinary showcase of amazing talent!

School Spectacular

Oliver Kirk in Year 11 has been selected as a featured artist in the “School Spectacular 2012.” Also, he was selected through a video audition to perform in the Bondi Junction Westfield dining precinct on Friday and Saturday nights.

HSC Music

The HSC exam will be held in the first week of SEPTEMBER, so start gearing up, keep practising, and prepare for the HSC performances.

Music 1: Tuesday 4th of September 1:15pm-3:40pm
Music 2 & Extension: Monday 10th September 1:05pm-5:45pm

Composition RECORDINGS will be on this FRIDAY 24TH OF AUGUST!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Practicing Daily

Instrumental tutors have been talking to the music staff and are concerned with some of the boys as they’re not prepared for their lesson .Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your tutor happy. Practice makes perfect!!!!!!

The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4 (MPW)
Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202

Lunch Chamber Choir
Room 201
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band (MPW)
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
  Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
  Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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Volleyball News

GPS Volleyball Results

Date: 21/7/12
Opposition: Grammar

Results: 1sts: WON (3-2)
2nds: (3-0)
Best Performances
Skill First Grade (%)
Second Grade (%)­
% of Serves
in play
Harry (100)
Patrick (100)
Jonathon (93)
Ennes (100)
Shawn (11)
Max (90)
% of Serves that were kills Arash (66)
Aman (60)
Ennes (33)
Kevin (17)
% of spikes and blocks kept in play
Aman (100)
Jun (91)
Arash (81)
Jason G (100)
Shawn (100)
Sunchit (87)
%of spikes and blocks that were kills
Arash (61)
Jonathon (55)
Aman (48)
Gordon (78)
Yu Peng (69)
Sunchit (54)
Serve Reception Passing accuracy
Pinyan (100)
Aman (90)
Arash (88)
Max (100)
Yu Peng (92)
Jason Le (83)
Freeball Passing accuracy
Jonathon (100)
Jun (100)
Gordon (100)
Max (91)
Jason Le (90)

Saturday 18 August Highlights

  • 1st grade defeated Grammar 15-13 in the 5th set. Grammar came fired up for a big game but High was able to hold on. It was a very close match.
  • 2nd Grade defeated Grammar 3-0 in an excellent display of high quality volleyball.
  • The 14As celebrated a big win after moving up a grade to play the Grammar Junior B team.

This Saturday is the last GPS volleyball round for the juniors. It is a home game and First Grade need to win this match against St Ignatius to be GPS Champions.

Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Rugby Website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/

High vs King’s

The fourth GPS game was very competitive for most teams, with 6 out of 14 teams winning and the 15s getting another clean sweep. After a narrow win in Round 3 the 1st XV were overrun by a very quick King’s 3rd XV.

Team reports –

Each week one team/age group report will feature in the High Notes with the rest going on http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/

15As Rugby
Josh Leo continued his try scoring feast this weekend adding another five tries to bring his tally of tries this season to over 20. The game against King’s this weekend was again played in windy conditions but our team mastered the difficult conditions quicker than the hard tackling King’s side. Anthony Chen scored a flamboyant try using his unique step which baffles all on the field including his team mates. James Tinker converted 6 from 8 to add to the points tally. The support play of the team featured with many try assists, most notable being the inside ball to Sam Musgrove for his second try under the posts. It was a real team effort with the side concentrating on skimming and sealing the ball effectively in all situations. We managed to set our defensive line quickly which prevented King’s from scoring. Jackson Tan continues to impress with his grass cutting style of tackle which halts the attack immediately. Bennette Jiang has mastered the offensive tackle with devastating effect often sending the opposition behind the advantage line. Jesse Nixon played a real tight forwards game and worked well with Damian Duong in close. Having trained our special D defence it was very encouraging to see it work so effectively. Howard Gu took some exceptional hitups from the ruck and made sure we always retained the ball. Daniel Ahn showed the benefit of training by taking the high ball in blustery conditions with ease and turning defence into attack. Michael Hamilton dominated the lineout and was virtually undefeated at the front. Rex Yi proved essential to our defensive pattern by consistently trailing and picking off the inside runner from King’s. This saved many line breaks due to his consistent effort. Our next challenge is Joey’s but the improvement in the team has been consistent.
C Barris

Upcoming games –

25/8/12 vs Joeys at Joeys,
1/9/12 vs Scots at McKay and
8/9/12 vs Grammar at Weigall.

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The 2012 SBHS Football Dinner

SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 20th September.

Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach. Please take the time to do this as the coaching staff put in a fantastic effort each season.

The dinner will be held on Thursday 20th September, in the Great Hall at 5.30pm Vegetarian food will be available.

The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. Children under 11 yrs old - $15.

Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 14 September.

Boys to wear school uniform at the dinner. Soft drinks provided. Parents may BYO wine and beer.

Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office. Tickets are limited.

The 2012 Football Dinner response form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

Can you help with setting up the hall or cleaning up at the end? 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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Debating Dinner 2012

Date: Saturday 8th September, 2012
Where: Sydney Boys High, Great Hall
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm Start.
Price: Adults - $30, Students - $20, Children (11 and under) - $15

Tickets available from Front Office

Ticket sales close Wednesday 5th September 2012

Come and watch our coaches as they test out their debating skills in “The Great Debate’!

The Sydney Boys High School Debating Dinner response form
is available in the PDF version of edition of High Notes

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Parent Seminar - The Cyber Playground

Sydney Boys High School – Great Hall
Thursday night - August 30th 2012

Tea / coffee @ 6.30pm
Start 6.45pm – Finish 8.15pm

Presenter: Robyn Rishani - Your Kids Online

What is it you’re thinking when your children’s noses are in their iPhones, iPad’s, Facebook, chat rooms, forums, online games and Xbox? Do you know what they’re up to and who with? Do you get frustrated at the amount of time they spend on their computers? What are the dangers they face and how can you protect them?

Come along to this free 90 minute presentation where Robyn Rishani - Cyber expert will guide you through the online world that your children play in. We’ll touch on issues such as alternate online identities and how criminals and paedophiles use them, cyber bullying, gaming addiction and how to prevent it, Facebook, online security and parental monitoring. By the end of the evening you’ll walk away with fresh ideas and an insight into your child’s Cyber Playground!

“Thank you for a well worth while opportunity to attend the "Your Kids Online" Information Evening. I found the evening very informative and I was certainly able to take away some useful reminders about Internet safety. Personally, I found the presentation well delivered, hovering over many chapters of potential dangers outlining what to look out for. I would like to congratulate Robyn on a fantastic presentation!” - Daniela Folini - parent

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HSC Music and Visual Arts Showcase

Sydney Boys High School
HSC Music and Visual Arts Showcase

Monday 27 August
In the Great Hall

Concert begins at 5pm
Art viewing during interval

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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

Information Forum: Proposed Changes to Implementation of Sports Policy

There was a very strong turnout of parents, boys and staff at the Sports Policy information forum held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 15 August. The number of parents who attended and spoke passionately to the topic highlights their interest in the school’s sports programmes and underpins the importance of parent involvement in the proposed changes. Ultimately, it is the parents and boys who have the most to gain from improvements in the delivery of the programme and their participation in the process is fundamental to ensuring a successful outcome.

I strongly recommend any parent who was not able to attend and who would like to offer a comment on the proposed changes or highlight an individual issue to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Cyber Seminar

Rachel Powell, Head of History at Sydney Boys is organising a seminar for parents presented by Cyber expert Robyn Rishani on Thursday August 30. The presentation will be held in the Great Hall starting at 6:30pm.

Robyn’s presentation is aimed at helping parents understand the cyber world that our sons inhabit and will address issues such as, alternate online identities; cyber bullying; gaming addiction and its prevention; online security and parental monitoring. These are live issues for many school families and we strongly recommend it to all parents.

Upcoming Parking Events

Saturday 25 August – Swans v Hawthorn (Cricket Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Cyber Seminar: Great Hall – Thursday 30 August 6:30pm.

Ian Sweeting

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From the Canteen

Once again thank you for being a canteen volunteer. ALL canteen profits are returned back to the school to help fund projects and facilities which benefit all our sons.

Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Pam Jepson, Carmen Sawang, Carol Davis
TUES: Elsa Li, Ying Ying Xiao, Yan Yang Wu,
WED: Shuangyu Wang, Fumiko Cheong, Hiroko Kitajima, Doris Fong,
THURS: Rita Wu, Harrison Li, Stam Farrugia, Ming Lee,
FRI: Shilpa Punekar, Louise Warren The Canteen Team

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Open Day 2012

Thursday 6 September
9:30am - 12:00noon

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Ph: 9361 6910

Sydney Boys High School
Personalising Gifted Attainment

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