High Notes, Vol 13 No 29, September 14 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
A fantastic effort by Ivor Metcalf at the CHS Athletics Championships – 4 gold medals: long jump, high jump, triple jump and hurdles! Well done to Scott Renzenbrink for his gold medal in the 200m and Ervin Zhou for his bronze in the 90m hurdles. Congratulations to Riley Irwin, John Seroukas, Lokesh Sharma and Peter Stephens (Year 10) who won the Sydney East Regional Final of the PDC Teasdale Cup debating competition against Sydney Girls. There was great news for Wilber Koslowski who was awarded the SAGSE Scholarship for a three month exchange in Germany. Condolences to the Opens basketball team who were beaten in the NSW Championships after winning the CHS Knockout. Without injured players Craig, Geoff and Matthew the team struggled to get rebounds. It was great to get as far as they did this year. Congratulations to Jack, Eamon, Mitchell, Jasper, Daniel, Blake, Scott, Nathan, James and Christian. Last week High competed in the NSW Schoolboys Shield for table tennis. Glanden Zheng and Edward Belokopytov won silver medals and qualified to play in the national championships in Perth. Congratulations to them and the team for a strong performance.   In tennis news, Brian Tran won an International Tennis championship in Slovenia. At Port Stephens, our Stan Jones Cup Knockout tennis team drew in their opening match against Epping Boys 4 sets all but were beaten on games won. After two easy victories against Narooma (8-0) and Albury (5-1) the team of Patrick Rynsaardt, Frank Zhang, Lachlan Day and Adam Smagarinsky played off for 5th in NSW in the consolation final, defeating Farrer 5-1.

Open Day
Louise Graul organised another well-attended Open Day on Thursday last. Thanks to her and all the parents, staff and volunteer boys who gave up their time. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the school and the gathering of >200 in the Great Hall, appeared positive about what they experienced. In my address I outlined 7 features of the school. Our Junior School initiative of 3 Year Advisers and support from Learning Curve and Elevate Education is an important program for 2012-2014. Our curriculum structures are interesting with purposeful grouping, banding, streaming in mathematics, telescoping in stage 5, the 2:3 elective system and acceleration. I stressed the access to activities that the school provides. A central program at High is personal skill development through competitions for individuals and teams, leadership opportunities, organisation roles in various groups, performance opportunities in drama, tournament of minds, public speaking and debating, and organisation of events such as mufti days, volunteer work, or talent quests. We push citizenship through our Year Projects, the Community Services Committee, Amnesty International and volunteer work. I think that our process for recognition is a prominent aspect of life at High. High Notes, High Flyer, the Awards Scheme, honour boards, memorabilia displays, artworks and scholarships all recognise and acknowledge the achievement of our boys. The final aspect of High that was emphasised was its uniqueness in its access to GPS and CHS competitions in sports, debating and chess as well as its shared campus context with SGHS.

Year 8 Student Mentors
At this time of year we are again asking boys in Year 8 to act as mentors for the incoming group of Year 9 boys in 2013. Mentors are usually assigned to new boys from the same suburb or to boys who are interested in the same sports or activities. The task involves making contact with a new enrolment boy via telephone, skype or email and familiarising him with what goes on in first term at High.  As a follow up, mentors provide contact details so that new arrivals can ask them questions about any aspect of school life that they might like to know about. Mr Codey will be coordinating the mentor program for Year 9, 2013. Award Scheme points are available for volunteers.

Year 12 Reports
All Year 12 boys should have their reports. They were discussed during school time from Tuesday to Friday this week with most boys. Boys who have not yet collected their reports will have to make appointments with the Principal on Monday or Tuesday morning.
Dr K A Jaggar

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SAGSE Scholarship

Wilber Koslowski (Yr 11) who has been awarded a SAGSE scholarship. He will leave Sydney at the end of November 2012 and return at the end of January 2013, spend two months living with a German family and go to school with his host sister or brother. The students (about ten from all over Australia) also have a winter camp where they get to know each other. The group then travels to Berlin where they attend a reception at the Australian Embassy. During their free travel time they can explore more German cities, castles, the fast trains, the food, the hot drinks and the cold, cold weather! Sounds good? It is – almost all costs are covered by the scholarship – but not any excess luggage on the return trip if they have bought too many souvenirs!

The Society for Australian-German Student Exchange scholarships was founded in 1967 in Melbourne and there is a lot of information if you google SAGSE. You don’t have to be perfect in German - you will be by the time you get back – but you need to be an all-round good scholar as you are going as an ambassador for Australia. Those of you who met Rouven Stubbe might know that he was here as a German exchange student of the same scheme. And Andre Brokman had also been a recipient of the scholarship in 2009. If you are interested and approaching Year 11, start practising by saying: Ich bin ein Austauschschueler!
Frau St Leon

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Die Deutsche Frage?

… has not been answered yet. What was it? I hear you ask. Check last week’s High Notes and you will find it there!
Frau St Leon

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Debating Parents & Students

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the 2012 Annual Debating Dinner, from setting up the hall, the purchasing of last minute shopping items, manning the door, the clean up and anything else related to the evening. Your help was greatly appreciated.  This is my last year at the school and I hope that you all keep the debating tradition going strong and support the DSG as I have for the last 6 years.  Congratulations to each and every boy for all their hard work during the year, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Dr Jaggar for his continued support of the debating programme and Ms Powell who has taken the debating programme to a new level with renewed enthusiasm, and to Lorraine Dwyer in the Front Office for your endless help to me over the last few weeks.  THANK YOU.

Please come and support Christopher, Robert and Julian who have made the 2012 Combined High Schools Debating Team on Wednesday 19th September at Sydney Boys High as they take on their rivals GPS .  The debates start at 7pm.
Karen Chiam
Treasurer/Dinner Co-ordinator 2012

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our volunteers last week.  Unfortunately on Friday we had no volunteers available, so a big thank you to Usha Arvind for coming in at the last minute and to Nada Andrews who came in before work to make the sandwiches and rolls.  Unfortunately when we don’t have enough volunteers we are unable to provide all the usual favourites.  If you have any available time to help out in the canteen please give us a call on 9360 4027.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to the following:
MON:     Pam Jepson, Yoshi Kita –Leong,Rebecca Tsai,
TUE:       Melissa Wang, Todd May, Pauline Chan,
WED:     Sandra Vuong, Cindy Tseu, Faidha Razmi,
THUR:   Debbie Dukes, Annie Jiang, Lin Jin,
FRI:        Usha Arvind, Nada Andrews, who came in before work to make rolls and sandwiches.

And a big thanks to Samson once again.
The Canteen Team

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Music Notes

HSC Music Performance Exam

To all the boys in HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Extension, well done on your HSC Music Performance Exams. You all performed your absolute best! BRAVO BRAVA!!! =D

Twighlight Soiree

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

Practising 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!!!!!!

Ensemble Rehearsals

Please remember to come to all ensembles on time and help set up. Most importantly, please remember to PACK UP. Stands on stand racks and not left on the side, chairs stacked up. Thanks boys!

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 Grammar

The last GPS game was very competitive for all teams, with the effort of the round going to the successful 15Bs. Support for the 1st XV was as its best for the game against Grammar. With many of our team playing their last game for Sydney High the team went down narrowly. I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful season.

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/.

15Bs report
After what was, by far, the best and most intense training session the 15Bs had undergone all year on Thursday, it was clear that we were up to the challenge of playing against Grammar in what would be both the biggest game of the season, and the last for long time coach Samson Lou. In what was, as quoted by assistant coach Michael Wong, ‘the best half of rugby played this year by this side’, the 15Bs showed the virtues and characteristics encouraged by High Rugby for decades, leading to an emphatic try by Brian Chan. Off the back of continuous forward ball and quick hands to the wings, the 15Bs squad maintained constant control of the game, leading to a score line of 12-5 after a bumbling run by forward Michael Jun to snatch a second try. However, with less than 10 minutes left, High showed resilience under constant pressure with Grammar beginning to mount a comeback as Bailey Musulin and Niyazul Bari made, what was, the play of the game; a try saving tackle and subsequent grounding in the very last run in order to secure the last victory for Coach, Samson Lou.

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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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SHS Rowing Committee


Saturday 13th October 2012 at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford

All parents … this is a very important meeting to attend so you know what is happening during the rowing season.

We need all parents to attend!


8.00am - Junior Rowing Parents Information/Orientation session
10.30am – Year 10 and Senior Parents Information session



  • The season calendar with important dates identified
  • Outline of what’s expected of the boys and how parents can contribute
  • Study/tuition sessions at camps
  • Outline of camp duties for senior parents
  • Outline of Saturday BBQ duties for junior parents
  • Who’s who? Meet the MIC, Coaches, Old Boys and Committee

The High Rowing Challenge

starts Saturday 6 October 2012 at the High Rowing Sheds

This is a 'Learn to Row' for the adults ... parents, friends, family, old boys and work colleagues,
or experienced rowers can enjoy some social rowing

All ages and abilities welcome

Enjoy early morning rowing for 6 sessions with experienced coaches and coxswains.
Enter your own crew of 8 or join others in a crew. If you can't make a week we can provide a sub for you.
It all culminates with a fun mini-regatta on Saturday 27 October.

Donation: $300 per seat (tax deductible)


  • 6 draw training/tuition sessions - 6/7/13/14/20 and 27 October
  • Boat, coach and coxswain per crew
  • Post training barbecue breakfasts
  • Mini Regatta Day includes races, brunch and presentation - Saturday 27 October

More information and registration -
Contact Julie Blomberg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0416 061759

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