High Notes, Vol 14 No 11, April 12 2013

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From the Principal

End of Term 1
Thank you to everyone on staff and associated with our school for the highly effective work done this year so far in term 1. There continues to be a very inspirational ‘can do’ attitude among the school community and the boys seem happy to come to school. The implementation of the new timetable arrangements has worked very smoothly. I want to thank particularly those teachers who were opposed to the longer periods and three-week cycle. Your flexibility, professionalism and patience are appreciated. You might well have complained about the inevitable teething problems associated with the change but have instead made it happen. We will keep looking at ways to preserve curriculum time and to rotate events so that the same people or faculties don’t feel the impact too often of our very busy co-curricular programs. Have a restful break!

High Talent
Congratulations to our swimmers who qualified for the Australian Age Championships; Darren Chien, Kevin Guo, Christian Haddo and Kazuo Nakamura. Good luck boys! Pinyan Gao and Yu Peng Man were selected to play for NSW CHS at the Trans-Tasman Volleyball Carnival. Well done, boys! At the CHS Rowing Regatta held in Grafton last weekend High won the NSW Championship School Trophy for the first time since 2006 as well as the Boys Point Score Shield, which we customarily win. Medal winners were: U16 Single Scull – Jing Li - silver, William Chen - bronze; U15 Double Scull - Roy Yi & Chris Chang - gold, Angus Dong & Jason Qiu - silver, Robert Yuan & Darren Lim - bronze; Championship Men’s Coxless Quad Scull – Alex Pereira, Ashley Chan, Kin Pan, Ray Fang - gold; Eugene Lee, Terry Fong, Shawn Norohna, Yi Zhang silver; Men’s U17 Double Scull – Jackson Tan & Sam Musgrove - silver, Joshua Maloof & Louis Huyen - bronze; Championship Men’s Pair – Alex Pereira & Nelson Tang - silver, Kin Pan & Ashley Chan - bronze; U15 Coxless Quad Scull – Angus Dong, Jason Qiu, Darren Lim, Robert Yuan - gold, Nigel Sun, Flidon Wang, Roy Yi and Chris Chang - silver; Championship Men’s Coxed Four – Yi Zhang, Shawn Norohna, Eugene Lee, Joshua Leo, Leighton Chen – gold,  Terry Fong, Alan Qi, Dan Tran, Brandon Vu, Kaiwei Liu –silver; Men’s U17 Coxless Quad Sculls -  Joshua Maloof, Jackson Tan, Sam Musgrove, Yi Dong Luo – silver; U16 Coxless Quad Scull – Kevin Fan, Edward Belokopytov, Jacob Katafono, Oliver Lethbridge – gold, Stuart Benjamin, Bennette Jiang, Jing Li, James Tinker – silver; Championship Men’s Single Scull – Steve Comninos – silver; Championship Men’s Eight – Kin Pan, Ray Fang, Brandon Vu, Ashley Chan, Daniel Keogh, Steve Comninos, Alex Pereira, Nelson Tang, Daniel Tam – gold, Jing Li, Philip  Mai, Louis Huyen, Jesse Nixon, Sam Musgrove, Joshua Maloof, James Tinker, Jackson Tan, Jiachen Liu – silver; U15 Single Scull – Jason Qiu - silver, Flidon Wang – bronze; U16 Double Scull –Edward Belokopytov & Jacob Katafano – gold, Oliver Lethbridge & Stuart Benjamin – silver, Jiachen Lu & Yi Zhang – bronze; U17 Single Scull -Yi Luo – bronze; and the Championship Men’s Double Scull – Steve Comninos & Daniel Keogh – silver. Congratulations to all medal winners! [nb Bronze medals were awarded only in events where four competitors started.]

Athletics Benchmarking
As we get into the swing of the athletics season and train on for winter sports it is  great to see Athletics MIC Kurt Rich, has set out spread sheets for GPS carnival performances. He compares our current performance with last year’s places in championship and division. Coaches are asked to set individual goals in consultation with their athletes. On my analysis, for the Open Division the following benchmarks should be achievable by High athletes: 3k. 9:45, 1.5k. 4:20, 800m 2:05, 400m 00:53, 200m 23.80, 100m 11.80, 110m hurdles 17.70, high jump 1.86m, long jump 6m and shot put 12m. . For 17s the goals might be: 3k. 9:50, 1.5k. 4:25, 800m 2:07, 400m 00:54, 200m 23.90, 100m 11.85, 100m hurdles 16.20, high jump 1.80m, long jump 5.9m and shot put 12.6m. It would be great if proximate goals to past performances could be set for all age groups and events by coaches and athletes – in Championship and Division. I hope all our GPS athletics team trains hard during the holidays to prepare for a tough few weeks leading up to the GPS Carnival. We expect all boys honoured by selection into the GPS team will meet their training commitments over the next few weeks.

General Service Contributions and Co-payments
Thank you to the 568 parents who supported our ‘early bird’ discount offer by supporting the school in full before the end of February. An additional number of parents have paid their general service contributions, levies and/or tax deductible donations. It is great to have such a high level of support so early in the year. It means we can get things improved earlier for your sons. If you have overlooked paying your invoice from term 1 we would really appreciate your help. Year 12 parents in particular are asked to support the school one last year!

Summer season co-payments are due now. Invoices have been posted. Most activities outside of the school setting cost c$200 per season. At High we try to keep the costs down by subsidising many activities through parking. In addition $150 from the general contribution for 1182 boys is directed towards sports administration and supervision, principally through wages and allowances to MICs. Co-payments are generally $110 except for sports such as rowing, sailing or rifle shooting where significant extra costs are unavoidable and the co-payments are set by the Associations or Committees including parents. It would be very helpful if co-payments were made before the end of term 2, week 2.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Baby Photo Competition

Students have spent the past three weeks desperately trying to identify staff members from their baby photos, for a chance to enter the PAWS Committee’s prize draw.

Which teacher played with a doll when they were tiny? And whose smile hasn’t changed? Thank you to all the students who assisted in the fundraiser event, supporting the Animal Welfare League NSW and to the teachers who risked their ridicule to help raise money for our charity of choice.

Congratulations to David Wu in Year 8, who won the main prize – a $200 Luna Park Family pass.
By James Chee
Year 10

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Careers News

It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.

Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:

  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus point schemes
  • Overseas education opportunities
  • UMAT
  • University admission
  • University information days
  • University-school enrichment programs
  • Work Placement information

And much more.

Log into the Student or Parent Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website.

Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.
Mr Cipolla

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From the Canteen

As Term 1 comes to an end we would like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped out in the canteen this term, remember all profits from the canteen are returned to the school to purchase necessary equipment for our sons. 

Thanks to the volunteers last week:
TUES:    Pauline Chan, Todd May, Annette Ng
WED:     Lan Li, Cindy Tseu, Jenny Chiu, Faidha Razami,
THURS: Xing Ping Zhang, Sachiyo James, Pit Trent,
FRI:        Li Yang, Kati Westlake, Angela Jin,

Each month a parent who has helped out in the canteen goes into a draw to win a $10.00 canteen voucher for their son. Congratulations to our winners for Term 1 :-

FEBRUARY-  Pit Trent, 
MARCH - Tina Chang and
APRIL -Theothe Tsiribas

Hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break and we’ll see you all back next term with a couple of new items for the cooler weather!
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

MIC’s Report

This week some boys let us down and I am very grateful to Symeon Ziegler and Ganeshmoorthy Chandraskaran who stepped in at the very last minute and thus avoided us having to forfeit debates which would have been very embarrassing.

The coaches were off last week because they were at the Gold Coast at an Australian debating competition. I hope the coaches don't mind but I thought everyone would be interested to see our coaches results. There were 329 speakers and these are the results. Well done to everyone. We are very lucky at High to have such excellent debaters on board as coaches.  In addition to this Sarah Mourney and Lucy Connell were in the team came second overall.

Justin Chan 6th
Sarah Mourney 15th
Timothy Sullivan 18th
Chris Chiam 20th
Nakul Bhagwat 21st
Lucy Connell 28th
Stephen Garafano 28th
Alexi Polden 39th
Sarah Greenbaum 48th
Julian Veroudakis 58th
Ashwin Rudder 61st
Chris Wong 71st
Robert Sternhell 103rd
Declan McCrea -Steele 120th

Our own debates on Friday saw us with a few near wins, but unfortunately it was only Year 11 and Year 12 who won their debates.

I hope everyone has a lovely break over the holidays and is able to relax before next term when we will be back in earnest with trials for GPS. I can already confirm that Year 10 trials will take place on 10th May so be sure to sign up if you are interested.
Rachel Powell

Debating Prefect’s Report

This week saw a break for all the boys debating in the FED competition, but the Eastside participants continuing debating for one more week before the end of term break.

It is important to note that most coaches were away at the World Debating Championship’s seeing our coaches pulling off stunning performances ranking them amongst the best in the world! We’re very lucky to be able to have such high quality coaches helping nurture the talent at High.

This week Eastside saw a mixed bag of results. Our match up against Scots saw our junior teams struggle on a difficult topic of “That western countries should only give aid to democratic countries.” However, they have improved considerably and are gaining good momentum for the PDC competitions and the GPS season. /p>

HHowever, our senior team’s saw much more successful week with both the year 11 and year 12 teams winning their respective debates against Scots on the topic “That the US should supply weapons to the Free Syria Army”. The Year 12s were on the negative team and were comprehensively able to argue how the long term effects of such a policy could ultimately affect the entire world along with the importance of upholding democracy and sovereignty. In the Year 11 debate, High was on the affirmative and were able to take the moral high ground against their opponents arguing the need to end the violence of Bashar Al-Assad’s dictatorship; only possible by supplying modern weapons to the FSA. Well done to both teams for two great debates!

Tip of the week – Eye Contact: This week’s tip is particularly relevant for junior debaters at High. Maintaining eye contact with your audience makes the audience feel like you’re talking with them allowing them to feel more inclined to support your argument. It also is the foundation of a confident speaker who knows what he is talking about. A good way to do this is to make sure you are not writing out your speech in full, but rather using palm cards and making bullet points about the things you want to cover in your speech.
Khushaal Vyas

SHS Rowing

SBHS Rowers win NSW Championship School at CHS 2013
A team of 54 rowers travelled to Grafton last weekend to compete in the two day NSW Combined High Schools Championship Regatta on the Clarence River. Rowers came from across the state to compete, some of whom are elite rowers (mainly scullers) having competed at National Championships. High boys achieved some outstanding results in sculling and sweep oar events claiming 7 state gold medals, 14 silver, and 13 thirds. Numerous trophies were won by the High crews, including two major awards – the Schoolboy Pointscore Trophy and the Championship School Trophy (first time in 7 years). Congratulations to the entire High team!

Medal Winners

CHS Events State Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze medal/Third
U15 Single Scull   Jason Qiu Flidon Wang
U15 Double Scull Roy Yi, Chris Chang Tony Dong, Jason Qiu Robert Yuan, Darren Lim
U15 Quad Scull   Tony Dong, Jason Qiu, Darren Lim, Robert Yuan Cameron Ma, Flidon Wang, Roy Yi, Chris Chang Jason Huo, Shane Wei, Connor Fisher, Nathan Quan
U16 Single Scull   Jing Li William Chen
U16 Double Scull Ed Belokopytov, Jacob Katafono Oliver Lethbridge, Stuart Benjamin Jiachen Lu, Wesley Zhang
U16 Quad Scull Kevin Fan, Edward Belokopytov, Jacob Katafono, Oliver Lethbridge Stuart Benjamin, Bennette Jiang, Jing Li, James Tinker   George Han-McEvoy, William Chen, Jiachen Lu, Wesley Zhang
U17 Single Scull     Tom Luo
U17 Double Scull   Jackson Tan, Sam Musgrove Joshua Maloof, Louis Huyen
U17 Quad Scull     Joshua Maloof, Jackson Tan, Sam Musgrove, Tom Luo Brian Mo, Neil Song, Phillip Mai, Louis Huyen  
Championship Single Scull   Steve Comninos  
Championship Double Scull   Steve Comninos, Daniel Keogh  
Championship Pair   Alex Pereira, Nelson Tang Kin Pan, Ashley Chan
Championship Quad Scull Alexander Pereira, Ashley Chan, Kin Pan, Ray Fang Eugene Lee, Terry Fong, Shawn Noronha, Jason Zhang Eric Le, Chi Mao, Jake Davis, Neil Song
Championship Four Jason Zhang, Shawn Noronha, Eugene Lee, Joshua Leo, cox: Kenneth Liu Terry Fong, Alan Qi, Dan Tran, Brandon Vu, cox: Leighton Chen   Eric Le, Chi Mao, Jake Davis, Bennette Jiang, cox: George Han-McEvoy
Championship Eight Kin Pan, Ray Fang, Brandon Vu, Ashley Chan, Daniel Keogh, Steve Comninos, Alexander Pereira, Nelson Tang, Cox: Daniel Tam Jing Li, Phillip Mai, Louis Huyen, Jesse Nixon, Sam Musgrove, Joshua Maloof, James Tinker, Jin Tan, Cox: Kenneth Liu   Bennette Jiang, Jason Zhang, Alan Qi, Terry Fong, Dan Tran, Shawn Noronha, Joshua Leo, Eugene Lee, Cox: Leighton Chen  

Thank you –

  • Coach Ollie Wilson (01) for driving the trailer of boats to Grafton, and coordinating boat rigging and use
  • Head Coach, Beryl Crockford, coaches Gareth Deacon (10), Pravin Radhakrishnan (10), Koren Fang (11), and Mr Gainford for travelling to Grafton to help with crew and boat preparation for races
  • Chris Watson (old boy 99) for driving the school bus of competitors to Grafton and back, and also helping with rigging boats all weekend
  • Kev Eadie for driving the big school bus of competitors to Grafton and back
  • to the strong parent group who travelled to Grafton to cheer on our rowers and prepare food and refreshments for the boys throughout the weekend regatta.
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Music Notes

We only have 2 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day. There will be two rehearsals during the holidays before Anzac Day & ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. Information about Anzac Day and holiday rehearsals are outside the music staffroom. Holiday marching band rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 16th April 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 23rd April 9:30am-12:30pm FULL DRESS REHEARSAL
Anzac Day Thursday 25th of April

Please notify the music staff if you are unable to make any of these sessions.

The Annual music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2012). All students in the Music Performance Program attend the 3-day camp with Music Staff and instrumental tutors rehearsing new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Buses will depart from Drivers Ave at 8am on Monday 27thth May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.

All music camp payments to the main office by Friday 3rd of May 2013 (Term 2 Week 1).

All ensembles will commence in the FIRST WEEK of Term 2 (no excuses). Please arrive on time to all ensemble rehearses. Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!

The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir  
Room 201
Junior Stage Band  
Room 101
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
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
    Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
    Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?  

The first term has sped by in the Senior Library with the beginning of the school year 2013 showing even more intensive use of this facility! Numbers of students using the space as individuals in their free periods has increased again with an average of 60 plus students per class period (with a timetabled free period or if they have a teacher absent with no substitute) and much larger groups in the morning, lunch and recess breaks. The new timetable with longer periods has meant that students remain to work for an hour at a time. Students are working in groups and completing individual work as well as spending productive time reading and viewing literature.

With the ever growing collection of new books, magazines and DVD’s we have noticed that borrowing by students has also been steadily increasing with over 1521 items borrowed in Term 1 this year, a rise of around 260 items lent out in the same period last year. We put this down to a rise in the numbers of books Year 10 – 12 students are borrowing due to more choice in number and range of resources available.

The library has also been involved in a series of lessons to join students in Year 10 Geography elective classes up to the State Library and show them how to access and search the online resources available through this amazing institution.  During Term 2 the whole of Year 10 will be involved in this program and will be coming through their transition class to join and be given instruction on accessing and use of online resources available to State Library members. This will hopefully set students up for their senior study and research needs into the future beyond high school.  This program is one that has been running since 2010 with all Year 10 students involved.


As the end of term approaches we will be adding books purchased earlier in the term. We were lucky to attend a heavily discounted buying day at Kinokuniya bookstore and with cheaper prices were able to add many more exciting titles to our collections both in Junior and Senior libraries. So students are encouraged to borrow up to 10 titles to read over the school holiday break if time and study pre exams permit!

Don’t forget to view all the new titles added to both libraries on the school webpage and from the link in the Library Enquiry screen in your portal. An email will also be sent periodically to your school (DEC) email with the new titles featured.

Recently read and recommended titles by Ms Gordon are:

Lionheart by Sharon Penman – Historical fiction set in time of King Richard in the 12th century (the Lionheart) and the Crusades. This is a fascinating insight into his personality and that of Saladin his worthy and respected opponent during this period. The book describes the intrigues behind all the battles in the Holy Land and those at home in England with his brother John plotting with the French king to take the throne.

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (who won Pulitzer prize for literature for March about the American Civil War and also wrote Year of Wonders about the Plague or “Black Death” in England in 14th century) – again a historical recreation of the story of the first Native American to attend a newly established Harvard University United States in the 18th century. This highlights the struggles and privations of a dispossessed community and individual’s like Caleb who must fight prejudice and hostility to succeed in a ‘white man’s world’ and to maintain and be true to his indigenous family and community.

Please ask Ms Gordon to help you if you need help to find particular titles or subject/genre titles, a related text for HSC studies or just a good book to read. I read across the genres, crime, fantasy, dystopian, literary fiction, teenage and realistic fiction and non-fiction and can usually find something for everyone. Remember, according to the research, those who read for pleasure regularly will improve not only their English results but their understandings across the curriculum and hence these results as well!
Ms Gordon

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From the Andrews Junior Library


World Wide Telescope: The interactive sky on your desktop

The 2 librarians attended an open discussion/lecture at the State Library this week by Microsoft’s Professor Curtis Wong who has patented many digital products and who demonstrated an Astronomical type of Google Earth which rotated sections of the telescope enhanced universe.  Professor Wong described his products as democratising Astronomy and Science in general.  Curtis Wong is a visionary in that.  he showed how digital tools can be used to visually explore the correctness of Scientific theories like the big bang theory and to invite other minds, including those of school students, to contemplate and test academic theories. Two other speakers – the curator of the State Library’s historical collection and an Aboriginal Astro Physicist Professor Martin Nakarta spoke of their hopes that digitised products would assist research in the area of indigenous stories about the stars and giving the public digitised access to Library historical collections.  What I took away from this evening was a conviction that our Library is correct to change its focus slightly as it is this year to enabling staff and students to search for and find the increasing number of audio visual educational material now being collected on our W drive.  The attraction of this type of teaching medium has all the potential for self-directed learning Curtis Wong saw in his digitised astronomical data.

Astronomers among you can see the same demonstration we saw live if you Google” Curtis Wong”.


Both staff and students may trial the following e resources.  Please go to Library Enquiry home page, E-Resources trial, and click on the link.

The Junior Library is interested in entering the world of Library e resources and would like to know if you think we should purchase these databases.

Biography In Context
Expanded Academic ASAP 1980 - Apr 2013
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Science In Context
Student Resources In Context
National Geographic Virtual Library
Global Issues in Context APRIL, 2013
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) APRIL, 2013
Literature Resource Center - LRC Apr 2013


Year 7 are reminded that everyone will be automatically entered into the Premier’s Reading Challenge – to read 20 books in a year.


New resources are coming out into the Library in good time for the Term 1 holidays. 
Mrs Crothers

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School Student Transport Scheme

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 2013, 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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