High Notes, Vol 13 No 28, September 07 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Pinyan Gao (Year 10) was selected as setter for the Australian All schools U16 Volleyball team – a great achievement! Well done to the 15s basketball team in the Sydney East final of the CHS Knockout competition. Jack Hutchison was MVP in all games he played. Congratulations to him and Joshua Leo, Michael Hamilton, Brian Tran, Alex So, Brendan Fattore, Anthony Wu, Nathan Sutton, Bailey Musulin and Noah Fowler. Our Junior A Chess team finished runners-up in the NSW Junior Chess League Schools Competition. Well done to: Manil Abeysekera, Johnson Lin, Andrew Wu and Andrew Xu (Year 8) and Wesley Yu (Year 7). Congratulations to all collectors for Jeans for Genes – $25,412 for one day!

Cyber Safety Presentation
Cyber expert Robyn Rishani presented to Years 8 and 10 and to parents from SBHS and SGHS on Thursday last.  The evening was organised by the Cyber Management Committee led by Rachel Powell. Ms Rishani’s presentation ranged across a spectrum of concerns about use of the internet. She discussed safety and security when accessing social networking sites, how to control teenage internet use and what to do about excessive gaming.  She employed the extended metaphor of the cyber world as a playground with attractions and dangers. Like a playground, rules for use and limitations for actions on the equipment are necessary. Teenagers need limits, particularly in respect to time and site access, and they need to be enforced. Ms Rishani addressed specific concerns raised by parents after her presentation. For more of what she offers see www.YourKidsOnline.com.au 

Saturday Sport Attendance Monitoring
It is always important for MICs and coaches to know whether everybody will be attending Saturday sport. Teams and our opponents need to know, too. David Isaacs has designed a procedure to allow student self-reporting in advance for absences from Saturday sport. The process will be trialled on the final winter sport fixture against Sydney Grammar on Saturday. Students can access the system from the Student Portal by going to My Absences -> “I’m going to be absent from sport” – https://student.sbhs.net.au/absences/sport. The student then picks their sport and clicks a button. The acceptability of the reason for absence will be determined once a note explaining the absence from sport is submitted on Monday. In addition, coaches will be taking attendance checks and recording them electronically for Monday morning data collection. Once summer sport commences, attendance at Saturday sport will be checked each week. Our plan is to extend attendance checking to all training sessions as soon as practicable.

Acceleration Information evening
Our annual information evening for Year 9 parents on High’s acceleration program was held this week. A soft copy of the presentation is available through the Parents’ Portal.Year 9 boys who are interested in subject acceleration should discuss it with their teacher in the first instance. Generally, acceleration is available in modern history, geography, music 2 and business studies. Occasionally, in special cases, boys are permitted to accelerate in visual arts, PDHPE, design and technology and some languages.  Generally speaking, attempts at acceleration in English, chemistry, physics, biology, software design and engineering studies are not allowed. Mathematics has its own program of accelerative enrichment in Years 9 and 10 followed by a formal acceleration of 80 of the best 2-unit students in Year 11. Each Faculty has its own policy adapted from the school’s policy. Students are reminded that applications for admittance to acceleration courses for 2013 are due in by the end of term. To get the latest version of the form you need go to R:\School Admin\Acceleration\Independent Learning Plan\Individual Learning Plan Form.

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Parent Information Evenings

Year 9 2013 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2013.

Year 11 2013 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2013.

R Dowdell
Deputy Principal

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Anti-Discrimination Contact Officer

As a NSW public school, Sydney Boys has an emphasis on inclusive education. This includes an emphasis on cultural diversity and multiculturalism. The NSW Department of Education and Communities has a range of policies which emphasise this, including an Anti-Racism policy which requires every school to have an Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO).

As part of our participation in the Proud Schools program, High has decided to expand the role of ARCO to incorporate all forms of discrimination including homophobia and other forms of discrimination based on gender and sexual identity. The new expanded Anti-Discrimination Contact Officer (ADCO) role will be working with the Proud Schools initiative, as well as the Values Education program to educate students about all forms of discrimination and to build an even more inclusive and diverse school community.

The primary role of the ADCO will always be as a point of contact for all members of the school community: staff, students and parents and/or guardians. If you have any questions or concerns, or you have experienced or witnessed any form of discrimination please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone. You are also welcome to make a time to meet in person.
Rhiannon Davis – ADCO
History and Studies of Religion
Ph: 9361 6910 ext. 126
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Die Deutsche Frage

Remember my scooter – which by now has been returned to its stable as my leg has been declared almost fit for its original purpose – and the fact that I wanted a German nickname for it? “Turbo Rolli” was Karsten Michael’s (Yr 8) suggestion – it does hint at speeding, doesn’t it? Perhaps this is the place where I should apologise to all creatures great and small for almost running them over! (My own term of endearment was “Teppich Porsche” –  carpet Porsche.)

Die neue Frage: eine Stadt in Deutschland, in welcher englisch sprechende Menschen bestimmt nicht wohnen wollen.
Frau St Leon

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From the Canteen

We are very fortunate to be one of the few schools with a canteen that is not privately owned. It is run by a canteen committee, a sub-committee of the P&C, with all profits being returned to the school. Our canteen makes substantial profits thanks to the excellent operation by our Managers Karen and Tracey, which are used to benefit all of our sons. If you wish to become involved with this committee, we meet on the 2nd Friday of each month at 2.45pm in the schoo's boardroom. Please come along.

Come and try our tasty chicken and vegetable stir fry, which is made with fresh noodles.

Thanks to the volunteers last week.
MON: Carolyn Pope, Sam Guo, Shannon Hickey, Rachel Fowler,
TUES: Agnes Leo, Yan Mei (Rena) Yin, Angela Feng,
WEDS: Anna Goh, Vikki Angell,
THURS: Li Ling Chen (Mary)
FRI: Iris Lau

Extra special thanks to Iris and Mary who worked alone Thursday and Friday.  We couldn’t have managed without them and also to Samson.
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

Here we are at an exhausted end of the debating season, but hopefully our debaters have got a little bit more energy than me and are ready to meet the Grammar challenge tonight.
Last week I inadvertently missed the High Notes deadline which was such a shame as we had the most amazing set of results on Friday 24th to report. We won every single debate against Joeys which really is an achievement and the Year 12s told me they could not remember this happening since they have been at High. This success was continued at Scots where we won over 50% of our debates.
This was our last Home Debate of the season and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the parents that have been so generous with their time both bringing and preparing food for our marvellous suppers. In particular Nina and Reeta have done a sterling job as supper coordinators and I know that we all thank you for this important role.  Also a big thank you to my team of helpers who have worked so hard to set up rooms and put them back again, have run around with markers and keys and generally be a really great help to me: Calum, Nathan and Oliver - thank you so much.
I was so pleased to see the big crowd that turned up to watch the Firsts debate at Scots. I counted nearly 30 people representing High in the audience (and 5 representing Scots!). It is really pleasing to see Junior debaters staying behind with their parents to watch the older debaters. Thank you to everyone who facilitated this - especially the parents who stayed to enable their sons to watch and to Mr J Kay who came along to support the Firsts.
I hope we get an even bigger crowd to watch our two tie breaker debates for Firsts and Seconds. This is the last chance to watch our most successful debating team ever. I really encourage you to come along and support debating on Friday. I just received an email from the Grammar MIC who said he was welcoming "Our old rivals". Sounds like a challenge to me.
Many congratulations to our Year 10 team who have won two PDC debates in the past week and will continue to the PDC Regional Final against the girls on Thursday. Good luck to them.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Debating Dinner on Saturday.
Rachel Powell
Debating Coordinator

After a great performance against Joeys where we won every single debate, we moved on to the penultimate round of the GPS season against Scots. Once again we continued our success and won 7 of the 12 debates, including 1st and 2nd grade. This means the final round of the competition today against Grammar will have the final two undefeated teams from both divisions fighting it out for the premierships! I hope to see a packed hall of High supporters for this crucial debate, but what will also be for the 1st grade side our last debate for High.
Christopher Chiam
Debating Captain and Prefect

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

AMEB Violin Exam Results

Congratulations to all the boys who completed violin exams over the weekend. Fantastic results!

Samuel Zheng (Year 7) 4th Grade: B+
Keller Huang (Year 9) Grade 7: B
Kevin Lane (Year 9) Grade 1: A
Vishakulan Prapakaran (Year 11): Grade 2: B

Also, thanks to Denis Kasza (violin teacher at SBHS) who prepared the boys for the exam. Thankyou and WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!

HSC Music Performance Exam

Music 2 & Extension: Monday 10th September 1:05pm-5:45pm

All the best of the luck boys!!! =D

Twilight Soiree

A soiree will be held on Wednesday 19th of September in the Great Hall from 6pm-7:30pm. All students, staff and parents are welcome!!! The following ensembles/bands that will perform on the night are: Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Senior String Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and also a special performance by one of our own Year 12 HSC Music boys =D

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 to 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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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

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

High vs. Scots

The sixth GPS game was very competitive for most teams, with half the teams scoring victories. Most teams matched up well against Scots, while the effort of the round was the 16Bs who overcame Shore 16Es after previously losing to their Fs. With one game remaining it would be great to see as many people as possible to support the 1st XV against Grammar at Weigall at 3.15.

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/.

13C's report
Last Saturday the 13Cs played The Scots College 13Hs. It was their best performance this season, and pleasingly witnessed by a large number of High parents.
In the first half we fielded fourteen of our 12 year old players, who should be the nucleus of the 13As in 2013. They were very competitive against an older and more experienced team. Lucas Wong showed his talent and versatility playing a great game at five eighth. Louis Saunders, Connor Fisher and Cameron Ma played strongly in the forwards. The honours were shared at half time 10 all.
In the second half the regular team took the field and Stephen Nguyen took control. The improvement in every player was evident for all to see. A testament to their improvement was the fact that all the wingers were given time and space for solo runs in open play during the game, eight in total, and that the team scored tries from set plays, team work and individual determination. Raymond Huang benefited from a well-worked scrum based play with Daniel Wang. Connor Fisher scored in the corner after several recycles at the breakdown and Tushaya Mehdiratta scored a 70m solo try because he refused to be tackled.
The biggest improvement can be seen in the line-out. Hamza Mulla soars above the opposition taking two handed grabs, supported by the strength of Daniel Wang, Matthew Whitaker and Cameron Ma and the accurate throwing of Louis Saunders.
The challenge for the team is to put a solid performance in against Grammar in the last game of the season.

Upcoming games

8/9/12 vs. Grammar at Weigall.

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SBHS Rugby Dinner 2012

Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby

WHEN? Friday 21 September 2012. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

WHERE? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.

WHO? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Players to wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.

WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.

COST? $30 per person. Payable to the school office by Monday 17 September.

Maximum seating 220.
Soft drinks and mineral water provided.

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

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SBHS Football Dinner 2012

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.

The SBHS Football  Dinner 2012 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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