High Notes, Vol 13 No 33, October 26 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to Shobhan Baranwal (Year 10) who performed at the Sydney Opera House in the ‘Festival of Choral Music’ with the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the Festival Orchestra.

Year 11 Reports
Year 11 boys should have received their reports after discussing their progress with the Principal. Year 11 boys accelerating in an HSC course are doing their examinations and may not have their reports yet. There are still boys who have not fulfilled requirements for the award of a Preliminary Certificate.

White Ribbon and Proud Schools
Staff from High attended conferences last week addressing key societal issues impacting on learning – domestic violence and homophobic bullying or discrimination based on binary notions of gender performance. At the heart of both of these social problems is the notion of ‘respectful relationships’. As individuals, we all have the right to live our lives free from fear – the fear of ridicule, ostracism or physical violence. We all need to respect the right of others to be different – to hold different views, to hold different beliefs and to have different sexual orientations. We must all learn to respect each other as persons with fundamental human rights. It is ironic that we focus on helping others outside the school with recognisable and public problems but we are mostly loathe to confront social problems within the school, possibly out of embarrassment, or fear of offending or intruding on the lives of others.

At High we know we have a percentage of our boys who are not reaching their potential. It is impossible for boys at High to reach their academic and personal bests if they are constantly on guard or in a state of fear about what may be said or done to them in various contexts, at home or at school. In our school context a good question to ask is: “Where’s the harm?” If another person looks or acts differently to me or has differing views, how does that impact on me? I am still free to be me. If there is no harm, leave other people alone! We must learn to co-exist in peace.

For the small minority of our students coming to school and trying to learn is very difficult because they are burdened with problems in relationships at home or at school or both. Their reactions might be withdrawal into the cyber world, depression, self-harm or acting out in anger. Excessive internet use or gaming by boys result in underachievement at school. Depression leads to underachievement, acting out leads to exclusion from classes or school. Urge those you know who are showing signs of depression, self-harm or gaming addiction to seek professional help.

When the impacts on persons of the words or actions of others are so damaging as to incapacitate them, as a learning community we must do something to help. White Ribbon is an organisation aimed at changing men’s behaviour to renounce violence against women. Such violence includes verbal abuse and physical intimidation. Students have to model respectful relationships with girls and women in their environment, including SGHS. Proud schools is a pilot project aimed at promoting tolerance in schools for same sex attracted and gender questioning students. Various activities are being planned to raise awareness and influence perceptions about the importance of these issues in a just society.

Joint Project Update
Now that we have received final concept drawings and a risk assessment matrix from DEC Planning, we are about to launch into the next phase of the project.

SBHS and SGHS need to negotiate agreements to define relationships –between the schools and DEC, between the schools together and contractors or employees, between SBHS and SGHS in operational matters once the building is constructed, and between the schools together and third parties who may wish to use the facility. The next steps are to commit funds together, to hire a Project Manager and commence detailed investigations of the site and to prepare a DA for Council.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Die Deutsche Frage

… of several weeks ago has not been answered – hands up who is reading the High Notes online? The answer was WORMS – a city on the Rhine River, famous for its imperial past, but perhaps not a place an English speaker would like to live.

A last attempt – and an easy one: Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland! What is the next greeting? A chocolate bar is waiting for you.
Frau St Leon

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3rd-6th Grade Tennis

Match Report

Last Saturday, our team faced Newington College for our second match of the season. We managed to win in all four grades which is an impressive feat in itself. 3rd Grade started off strong with wins in both doubles matches. Singles however was a mixed affair with only Dominic Mah and Edward Zhang winning matches winning 6-0 and 6-3 respectively. 4th Grade got off to a shaky start with a mixed result in the doubles. Singles however were very competitive but Andrew Cheung managed to pull off a stunning win of 6-0. 5th grade won convincingly with both doubles and smashing victories by Calum York and Jason Garrett who both won their singles 6-1. 6th grade was much like 4th grade starting off with a mixed doubles result before winning convincingly in three of the four singles matches. Michael Hauser and Junjie Kuang both won 6-0 while Geoffrey Lin won 6-1. I would like to congratulate the boys for this stunning result following our not-so-good run last week. Good work!
Edward Zhang

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High Resolves Initiative

Global Leadership Program

Doodling for Disability
The Year 10 High Resolves leaders’ group completed their Community Action Project at the end of Term 3.   The 36 boys decided earlier in the year that they wanted the theme of their project to be disability rights.   They worked through a social action leadership framework to come up with a project objective.  Their aim was to get 2000 people to show their support for a fully funded National Disability Insurance Scheme.  The boys wanted a unique selling point and so rather than simply getting people to sign a petition they were going to encourage people to doodle for disability.

Throughout terms 1, 2 and 3 the boys attended 8 two-hour working sessions, where they brainstormed ideas, selected the ones that would work the best, broke down into teams, sought permission and organised logistics.  At each stage in the process the boys were asked to reflect not only on their project but also what they were learning about leadership.  As well as a High Resolves Program Manager the boys were also guided by a number of business mentors from Deloitte.

In August, with all the planning complete, the boys took to the streets to spread their message and get people to start doodling.  The boys split themselves into groups and targeted Martin Place, Hyde Park and Parramatta station in the morning.  In the afternoon, different boys went to Circular Quay and Town Hall.  In the meantime, the boys had also launched an online petition.

Back at school, the boys collated all the results and prepared a presentation for members of the school executive and representatives from High Resolves.  The boys managed to get 900 doodles, 200 likes on their Facebook page along with 600 individual hits.  Even though the boys did not achieve their objective, there were many successes, for example, their team work and their passion for the cause.  The group also reflected on the challenges they faced and what they would do differently in the future. The main findings were that they needed to get better at managing their time and the importance of communicating across the streams.  Overall, the boys thought that the lessons that they learnt would be very useful for the different leadership roles they will face in the future.
Mr Lee Martin (HRI Program Manager)
Mr E. Coan (SBHS High Resolves Coordinator)

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National History Challenge winner

Congratulations to Thomas Nguyen, who won the Year 8 division of the National History Challenge for 2012! For his entry, Thomas wrote an outstanding essay on the role Tsar Nicholas II played in the creation of a communist state in Russia. He argued that Nicholas’s failure to rule effectively had significant consequences for 20th Century world history, leading to events such as the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Several other students made it to National judging, and will receive their certificates shortly.

The Challenge is run annually by the state History Teachers Associations of Australia, and is open to all high school students. Each year has a particular theme – this year it was People and Consequences. Although previously the competition has been limited to Australian history, this year the field was broadened to include any aspect of the past, in line with the new National Curriculum for history – there was even a special category celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen!

Entries for 2013 open early in Term 2 – see the History staff for more details.
Rhiannon Davis

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Australian Mathematics Competition 2012

Year No. Prizes HDs Ds Credits
7 178 4 16 88 66
8 176 7 18 83 63
9 197 2 12 79 93
10 191 3 9 69 93
11 153 1 31 70 40
12 140 2 20 68 38

Rex-Xue Lin, Ting Li, Andy Lu, Danny Nguyen (Yr7)
David Hoang, Rafael Ng, Yichen Han, Gordon Yuan, Amit Deep, Dennis Huynh, James Ye (Yr8)
Kevin Ke, Leonard Mah (Yr9)
Robert Tan, Sida Wang, Michael Hauser (Yr10)
James Chen (Yr11)
Gary Liang, Raymond Hua (Yr12)

UNSW Mathematics Competition

Junior Division
Christopher Chen, Credit
Nathan Wang-Ly, Credit

Senior Division
Gary Liang, High Distinction $100
Ennes Mehmedbasic, High Distinction $100
James Wei-Ming Chen, Credit

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Music Notes

Music Examination Results

Congratulations to the following boys who have achieved outstanding results:

Frank Zhang (Year 11) Violin A Mus - Pass
Riley Irwin (Year 10) Piano A Mus - Pass with Distinction
Sai Vimalanathan (Year 10) Violin Grade 1 - B+


A big THANKYOU to the boys in the Senior Strings who are giving up their Sunday, this weekend, to perform at the Lugar Brae Uniting Church (Waverly) for a fundraiser. The money raised will be donated to the United World and will be used for a hospital and orphanage in North Korea. The concert is scheduled this Sunday, 28th October at 2PM. All boys, staff and parents are welcome to watch!

Marching Band

The Marching Band will resume as of WEEK 6, on TUESDAY and FRIDAY AFTERNOONS, after school.

Ensemble Rehearsals

Please check the timetable and arrive ON TIME! There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM. (unless stated otherwise).

 Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required. PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not left to one or two boys. THANK YOU boys for your co-operation! Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes, is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your music 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
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Symphony Orchestra
 Room 201
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
  Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
  Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Room 202 |
Terms 2, 3, 4
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Chamber Choir
Room 201 8am
Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4
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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Tennis Report

High vs Newington

1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 W 6-3 0-6 10-3 1 + 2 W 6-4 7-5
D2 3 + 6 L 7-6 3-6 2-10 3 + 4 W 6-4 3-6 10-8
D3 4 + 5 L 5-7 6-2 2-10 5 + 6 L 1-6 1-6
S1 Brian Tran W 7-5 7-6 Ian Li W 6-4 6-2
S2 Patrick Rynsaardt W 6-2 6-2 Yuan Shi L 3-6 0-6
S3 Frank Zhang L 4-6 0-6 Richard Hao L 1-6 4-6
S4 Josh Sangueza L 0-6 4-6 Carl Yang L 4-6 6-3 2-6
S5 Adam Smagarinsky L 6-3 5-7 4-6 Calvin Zhou L 4-6 1-6
S6 Eddy Wang L 6-7 1-6 James Lin L 5-7 1-6

1st Grade
In humid and blustery conditions, 1st grade faced 2012 premiers Newington in our first home match of the trial season. It was a close and competitive start to the day with all three of the doubles going to 3 sets. Number 1 doubles, Brian and Pat managed to pull out a win after a second set lapse, 6-3 0-6 10-3. Number 2 doubles, Frank and Eddy overcame a 0-3 deficit in the first set to claim the set in a tiebreaker, however came up short, going down in 3 sets, 7-6 3-6 2-10. Number 3 doubles, Josh and Adam were unable to take out the match tiebreaker going down in a topsy-turvy match, 5-7 6-2 2-10. In the singles, Brian played well for the duration of the match to prevail in a tough tussle, 7-5 7-6. Patrick continued his scorching early form, winning 6-2 6-2. After a close first set, Frank struggled to find timing and consistency in the second set, going down 4-6 0-6. Josh fought back in the second set after a major struggle in the first, going down to a quality opponent, 0-6 4-6. In a long and dramatic match with many momentum swings, Adam unfortunately came up short in the end, going down in 3 close sets, 6-3 5-7 4-6. Eddy put up another solid display in his second GPS 1st grade match, going down 6-7 1-6. The final result, Newington taking this trial rubber 9-3; a result that could have gone either way considering that three 3 set matches went Newington’s way turned out to be the pivotal difference on Saturday. The boys will look to capitalise on our chances this week against King’s.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade
Second grade headed to Newington for the second match of the trial season. In hot and windy conditions, High got off to a positive start in the doubles. Number one doubles of Ian and Yuan won their match in straight sets, 6-4 7-5. Number two doubles, Richard and Carl, played a grinding match but stayed consistent, prevailing 6-4 3-6 10-8. The number three doubles comprised of debutants Calvin and James and whilst they played well were overcome by a strong opponent 1-6 1-6. In the singles, very strong winds made match play almost impossible at times. Ian effectively used the wind to overcome his opponent 6-4 6-2. Yuan and Richard performed well but were out-classed by their opponents 3-6 0-6 and 1-6 4-6. Carl took the fight to his opponent, pushing him to three sets but was unable to take the match, the score 4-6 6-3 2-6. Calvin and James both started off well but couldn’t keep up the intensity in the second sets, losing 4-6 1-6 and 5-7 1-6 respectively. Our 3 wins were a marked improvement from last year, and with expert training from our coach Mac we expect even better results against King’s.
Ian Li

For more info check out the tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/

15As and 15Bs Tennis
This week of tennis started off well for the A1 and A2 doubles, starting off the day with a 6-4 win. Unfortunately the A3 and A4 doubles lost narrowly in a 7-6(7-6) tie-breaker, nonetheless putting up a great fight all the way through the match. The Bs had some outstanding plays ending up in another close-fought tie-breaker, again, unluckily conceding defeat with a 6-5(7-5) loss. Although we were slightly outplayed by our Newington opponents the SBHS tennis team will always pick itself up and we hope for many more wins against King’s next week.
Ervin Zhou

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High v Joeys: Side-by-Side

High vs. Joeys: Term 4 2012 Results

1st WIN 89-36 C.MOLLER 25
2nd LOSS 58-52 N.SUTTON 12
3rd LOSS 32-39 J.ZHOU 12
4th WIN 40-27 L.FANG 12
16A WIN 53-40 B.CHEN 35!!!!!!!!!!!!
14A WIN 36-28 JASON HONG 12 !
14B WIN 28-26 A.MCCAFFREY 11
14C WIN 39-28 A.CHEN 8
14E WIN 30-20 J.WANG 10

High vs. Joeys: Term 1 2012 Results

1st LOSS 96-77 J.HUTCHISON 15
2nd WIN 50-42 B.MUSULIN 17
3rd WIN 34-29 W.KOSLOWSKI 8
5th WIN 36-20 A.KUANG 15
8TH WIN 36-12 J.CAO
16A WIN 22-15 A.SO 6
16B WIN 24-19 S.MALOLO 8
16C WIN 26-15 M.NG 5
15A WIN 28-24 J.HONG MVP
15B WIN 51-16 J.SONG 10
15C WIN 28-23 C.SHI 13
15E WIN 33-19 N.LEE 10
14A WIN 37-28 J.KUROSAWA 11
14B WIN 19-14 R.NGUYEN 8
14D WIN 26-22 D.XIAN 12
14E WIN 29-9 P.YU 11

The season has begun!
Last Saturday week the AAGPS Basketball Season officially began! Kicking off the season against St. Joseph’s, we saw a positive school effort with only three of our teams suffering a loss, as well as great wins by the rest of the teams with many having more than 10 points to spare.  It is still very early in the season, and we look forward to 1st Grade improving their performance throughout the rest of the season.

A particular highlight of this week would be 2nd Grade’s amazing performance against Joeys. With the offense led by point guard Bailey Musulin, 2nd Grade held the lead from the beginning of the game and never looked back. This looks a promising season for 2nd Grade, and we hope their performance stays as strong as this throughout the whole season, if not get better.

What a special group we have with the whole 14s age group. Promising times ahead if they can keep up the Hard and Smart work - together.

Following this, we have a report by our 6th Grade side member Kenneth Ho about their 40 point domination over Joeys this week. Many encouraging words represent the strength of our open’s divisions:

6th Grade
The 6th Grade team was led into battle against GPS powerhouse St. Joseph’s College by the agile Justin Gao and the 100 kg behemoth, Andrew Wu. Superstar Jackson Lam was the catalyst for a run ‘n’ gun offence, which resulted in him handing out 5 sizzling assists. The lethal One-two punch of forwards Dennis Duong and Kenneth Ho troubled the Joeys defence. Highlights included Kenneth Ho’s offensive tip-in off Andrew Wu’s point blank miss, and Dennis Duong’s spin move in the lane. Wilson Cen anchored the zone defence to perfection, and w hen all was said and done, Sydney High School had defeated St Joseph’s College by 40 points. Head Coach Mr W Baldock was extremely pleased with the effort and is confident the mighty 6th Grade will go undefeated.
Kenneth Ho

The next week’s game is against Newington, a tough competitor for all our teams. Make sure you prepare yourself for the game both mentally and physically. Good luck to all the boys! SBHS LOVES BASKETBALL!

~ Go HIGH!
~Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~Thank you to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

High v Joeys and Newington

High vs. Joeys: Term 4 2012 Results

1st LOSS 96-77 J.HUTCHISON 15
2nd WIN 50-42 B.MUSULIN 17
3rd WIN 34-29 W.KOSLOWSKI 8
5th WIN 36-20 A.KUANG 15
8TH WIN 36-12 J.CAO
16A WIN 22-15 A.SO 6
16B WIN 24-19 S.MALOLO 8
16C WIN 26-15 M.NG 5
15A WIN 28-24 J.HONG MVP
15B WIN 51-16 J.SONG 10
15C WIN 28-23 C.SHI 13
15E WIN 33-19 N.LEE 10
14A WIN 37-28 J.KUROSAWA 11
14B WIN 19-14 R.NGUYEN 8
14D WIN 26-22 D.XIAN 12
14E WIN 29-9 P.YU 11

High vs. Newington: Term 4 2012 Results

 1st LOSS 67-58 M.FLYNN 17
2nd WIN 56-24 B.MUSULIN 12
3rd WIN 40-27 A.MALIK 10
4th WIN 44-17 A.HE 19
7th WIN 32-14 H. XU 10
8th WIN 39-18 I.HUANG 8
16A WIN 30-23 A.WU 11
16B WIN 48-33 C.LEE 11
16C WIN 31-12 D.HASLAM 10
16F WIN 40-20 M.NGUYEN 16
15A LOSS 29-24 J.HONG 7
15B WIN 26-23 D.WANG 8
15E WIN 22-21 N. LEE 7
15 F WIN 48-8 M.YU 16
14A LOSS 31-26 J.ZHENG 10
14B LOSS 25-13 R.GU, S.CHEN 4
14C LOSS 21-23 A.LEE 13
14E LOSS 6-14 P.YU 4
14F WIN 33-0 J.LOH 10

The Saturday before this week the AAGPS Basketball Season officially began! Kicking off the season against St Joseph’s, we saw a positive school effort with only three of our 26 teams suffering a loss of no more than 19 points (23 wins, 3 losses), as well as great wins by the rest of the teams with many having more than 10 points to spare.

This week, our school was up against Newington at home, a tough competitor for all our teams. Most of our teams still managed to perform extremely well, with High pulling off 18 wins out of the 26 matches played by the school. Special congratulations go to the 16s division, who won from A Grade to F Grade. Our 1st Grade team also put up an extremely impressive performance to lose narrowly to Newington by only 9 points. High 2nd Grade, led by Bailey Musulin as top scorer once again this week, demolished Newington 2nd Grade by more than double. The rest of our Opens also played very impressively against Newington, with only 1st and 5th Grade suffering defeat.

We have so much depth in our program as shown by our results across all teams thus far winning 41 out of 52 games played.

This week our school is to be playing against King’s at home. Make sure you cheer on our 1st Grade, as they have a very big chance to take their first victory of the season. 1st Grade only lost to King’s in the Sydney Schools Shoot out in the holidays by 1 point and with your support this Saturday they would be able to get over the line. Good luck to all teams this week! Remember our High Basketball motto: Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!

~ Go HIGH!
~Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~Thank you to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

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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

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 Parents - Help Needed

After years of exemplary service to the P&C, November’s AGM marks the retirement of a number of Year 11 and Year 12 parents from the P&C executive including Julie Connolly, Geoff Andrews and Richard James. These parents have for many years selflessly provided their time and skills to provide a lasting benefit to the school and our boys - they will be sorely missed. We welcome all parents interested in taking on roles within the P&C to get in touch as soon as possible in time for the P&C AGM which is being held on Wednesday 23 November. In particular, we look to parents from the Junior School to step up and play their part in maintaining the high level of support that the P&C provides the school.  It is in large part the work of volunteer organisations such as the P&C, the Sydney High Foundation, the Old Boys Union, the Sports Associations and the Co-curricular sub-committees that allows our boys to enjoy the unique experience that Sydney Boys High offers.

Some parents are understandably reluctant to take on these burdens and the P&C are committed to a significant re-organisation of meetings and processes to reduce the time and travel demands on busy parents. It is the P&C’s intention to reduce both the number and length of at-school meetings for the P&C executive with many positions not requiring regular attendance. More information regarding these changes will be circulated to parents in the near future. 

Two important positions that we will need to fill at the AGM are that of the P&C Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, so if you have a background in accountancy, finance or book-keeping, we would love to hear from you. As well, we are looking to create a new position where experience in the fields of communications or marketing would be very valuable. In addition to the above, we have many individual projects and events that would suit parents who are looking to offer their help in a single area without the need to attend meetings at school.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact the P&C This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or myself This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you for considering this important issue.

Volunteer Parents needed for Orientation Afternoon

Tuesday 13th November

Can you spare a couple of hours between 2:00pm and 4:30pm; or between 4pm and 6:30pm?

Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall.

Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school.

Please contact Sachiyo James on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you are able to help out on Tuesday 13th November.  Thank you!

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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 the volunteers for last week.

Mon 15/10 - Sam Guo, Lynn Chen
Tue 16/10 - Sharon Hughes, Cia Koukouras
Wed 17/10 - Doris Fong, Hiroko Kitajima, Fumiko Cheong
Thurs 18/10 - Stamatina Farrugia, Ming Lee, Xing Ping Zhang
Fri 19/10 - Lin Jin, Louise Warren
The Canteen Team

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