High Notes, Vol 14 No 15, May 24 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to Arjun Punekar (Year 12) on his selection in the GPS squad to play CIS next week. Our newly formed U16 Futsal team placed second in the Eastern Regional Futsal Championships, losing 3-2 to Emmanuel College in the final. Congratulations to: Daniel Arzani, Adilmorad Nadir, Adam Smagarinsky, Marcus Plataniotis, Jason Lim, Bovan Lin, Thomas Nimac, Nader Haidar, Oliver Lethbridge and Normorad Nadir.

ICT Support Costs
The Director-General of Education has announced the wind-down of the DER program in December, 2013. The implications of this decision for High were discussed at the recent P & C meeting by David Isaacs as part of his presentation. Essentially, we will lose two DEC-funded staff members in 2014. There will still be 800 DEC devices in student hands for all of 2014. Our responsibilities in respect to DEC notebooks will not end until 2017. We will have no option but to employ a TSO for 2014 using school funds

Our response will be to maintain existing notebooks while implementing support for a BYOD policy, commencing with Year 9 in 2014. Basic specifications for a platform agnostic ICT regime are being canvassed with staff. Using the DEC wireless infrastructure, the school will allow access to a broad range of BYOD to be used in classrooms. Years 7 and 8 students will be invited to bring their own devices but it will be policy only for Year 9 because ICT is already integrated into the curriculum in Year 9. DEC has yet to inform us of their 2014 policies. We will keep you informed of our progress.

To maintain and upgrade our existing ICT services, our budget is $285,000 for 2013. DEC contributes $41,000. Our technology levy is set at $150 (Years 7-9) and $175 (Years 10-12). We are spending $241 per head to support learning. After allowing for the DEC grant, the figure is $206. A conservative estimate of our budget for 2014 is $372,000. The DEC contribution is predicted to be the same for 2014 as for this year. After deducting the DEC grant, we will spend $279 per head.  This does not include the cost of allowances in time that are allocated to the Manager of ICT, Mr Prorellis (c$17,500). The programs have to be subsidised from the general service contributions.

In order for us to remain a cutting edge school in technology support for learning, we will have to boost our income stream. The School Council has approved a staged increase in the ‘technology levy’ 2014-2016 to provide the funds necessary. The figures are: 2014 - $225 (Junior School) and $250 (Senior School); 2015 - $250 (Junior School) and $275 (Senior School); 2016 - $275 (Junior School) and $300 (Senior School). I know you will understand the situation and support the plan to keep our school technology up to the standard worthy for our gifted boys.

Half Yearly Reports
Students in Years 12 and 9 should have discussed their progress with the Principal and received their reports. Parents are asked to look at their son’s report and take appropriate action in response to teachers’ comments or recommendations. Quite a few boys have yet to meet their obligations, mainly co-payments for activities. Clearance Forms have been issued and I hope to finalise distributing the reports for these two years by next Friday.

Sporting trips
I urge all sports coaches and MICs planning sporting trips to lodge with me the proposed details, timing and budgets of the trips. I will put them into a proposal for ‘sports development’ and submit it to the ASF to check its legitimacy. Once approval is granted for an excursion complying with the ASF rules for eligibility for donation status, the approved activity will be eligible for funding through ASF tax deductible donations. Such approved activities can then be financed more effectively and also be added to the list of school activities that can be put to the High Club each year when they seek projects to which they might choose to allocate part of their annual donation.
Dr K A Jaggar

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The SBHS-SGHS University Information Evening 2013

On Tuesday 28 May, Sydney Boys High School will be once again hosting the SBHS-SGHS University Information Evening. Students will be able to talk to representatives from:

  • UNSW
  • Sydney University
  • UTS
  • Macquarie University
  • ANU
  • UWS
  • ACU
  • Notre Dame
  • KPMG
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Education USA

and more.

Doors will open at the Great Hall at 6.00pm sharp. The evening runs until 8.00pm.

All Year 12 students are expected to attend.
Year 11 students are welcome.
Mr Cipolla

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From the Canteen

Karen’s lovely homemade chicken and corn soup is available again for winter at $3.20 as well as the new Perri Perri wraps at $4.20.  Come in and give them a try.

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 of our sons.

Thank you to our volunteers last week.
Mon:       Chistiana Haddo, Tina Chang, Bernadette Snow, Jeannie Vye
Tues:      Annie Long, Xiao Lo Wang, Julie Zhu, Elsa Li, Lina Bai,
Wed:      Fumiko Cheong,Fran Sjahry, Athena Tselonij, Hiroko Kitajima
Thurs:    Min Strauss. Alana Liang, Ming Lee
Friday:   Iris Lou, Stam Farragia, Shilpa Ponekar
The Canteen Team

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Educational Access Scheme

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 the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2014 will need to download their booklets and applications 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 the beginning of week 8, Term 3. However, a prior interview is recommended with the counsellors as soon as possible during Term 2.  The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September 2013 rests with the individual student.
E Harman and J Noakes 

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From the Office

Late Arrival & Absence Notes –

All Students and Parents

Please ensure you include your son’s Full Name/ID number/Year & Roll Class when submitting absences, late arrivals or leave applications.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Applying for leave of absence

To apply for a leave of absence for your son:

  1. Log in to the Parent Portal
  2.  Access the School Reference Documents section
  3. Download the Student Leave of Absence Application Form in the Applying for Leave folder

Please return this completed application form to the Principal giving at least four weeks' notice of intended absence.

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SBHS Debating

Debating MIC's Report

It was a nail biting Friday with Year 12 in the Eastside Competition needing to win their debate and hoping for everything else to fall into place so that they got a well-deserved place in the Semis. Thankfully the Year 12 team beat SCEGGS and are through to the Semis against Grammar this week. I advise students to watch this very exciting debate which could see our Year 12s through to the Finals next week.

In addition on Friday our Year 9s were victorious in both competitions. In the FED Semis there was a clear win for High and so we are through to the Finals in two weeks’ time. Well done, boys.

Well done also to the Year 9 Eastside team who were the first team to defeat the Year 9 SCEGGS team on a gender topic: That we should give tax breaks to male dominated industries that employ women. It was a very interesting and, at times, humorous debate

In the PDC the Year 11 team debated against the Year 12 team in the Hume Barbour competition and Year 12 won. This means that the Year 12 team have won this zone of the competition and move forward to compete in a knock-out with other schools in other zones. Years 9 and 10 begin their PDC competitions this week.

This week trials continue. Many Year 8s failed to turn up for their trials. This is disappointing and may lose you an opportunity to trial. You must look at the debating notice board regularly for information.

 The Year 10 GPS squad is already sorted. Well done to Antony, Ashwin and Mitchell for their organisation on this.  Here is the GPS squad for Year 10, 2013. These eight boys will later form a GPS A and a GPS B team and also form the PDC squad. In alphabetical order:

  • Adilmorad Nadir 
  • Bosco Tran
  •  Ganeshmoorthy Chandrasekaran
  • Gautham Shankar
  • Kevin Liang
  • Nick Phillis
  • Niyazul Bari
  • Thomas George

This week we have Years 7, 8 and 11 going to Semis at FED and Years 8 and 12 in the Eastside Finals. It is pleasing to see so many teams reaching the Semi Final stage in these early competitions. Remember we are the only school in these competitions that rotate our students so we have done really well to have got so far.
Rachel Powell

Debating Prefect's Report

This week saw some of the most tense debates of the season so far with the Senior A Eastside team needing to win this final round robin debate against a strong SCEGGS outfit to have any hope of having a shot of semis (after some very unlucky decisions going against them).With the odd topic “That all fashion outlets should be forced to sell plus sized clothing”, the team consisting of Wilber Koslowski, Khushaal Vyas, Connor Robinson and Albert Chau found themselves on the negative side of the topic. What proceeded was at times a very humorous yet insightful debate. Strong and convincing speeches from all three speakers saw High emerge as the clear winners of the debate and by 11pm saw Ms Powell send around an excited email informing us we had qualified for the semi-finals! This Friday we debate Sydney Grammar in the semi-final and I encourage particularly the junior debaters to take the time this week and watch these experienced boys speak. There is a lot to be gained and it will be enjoyable!

The Year 11 team for Eastside did a fantastic job in their debate on the same topic but just fell short of a win. Bad luck boys and look towards the next debates!

Earlier in the day the Year 11 and Year 12 teams debated each other in the Hume Barbour competition with the winner progressing to the regional final. On the topic of “There should be a minimum quota for Indigenous Australians for seats in the Senate”. In what was a close and challenging debate, the Year 12 team managed to emerge victorious convincing the audience that a quota was not necessary. A big congratulations to the Year 11 team of Andew Liu, Lokesh Sharma and Tushaar Garg for putting up what was a very high quality debate.

In the FED competition, the Year 9s won their semi-final with a strong performance and now have the chance to win the FED final next Friday. Well done boys and best of luck!

Tip of the Week: Obviously, the prep time you have before a debate is one of the most significant parts of the debate. It is handy to go in with your team and have a silent brainstorm for around five minutes and then come together to share your ideas. Often you’ll be able to gain some of your most insightful and nuanced material in this way.
Khushaal Vyas

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit    

Please check out the updated Rugby website where all information on Rugby is located.  http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/

High vs St Pius X

The first trial game was very competitive for most teams, with the 13s and 14s getting one win each. The 1st grade team found it difficult to match the game preparation of the Pius boys. The 2nd and 3rd grade teams did very well and were both in the match until the very last play. A huge improvement on the results of last year.

Team of the week – 13Bs – A win in their very first game, illustrated below by a great try.
Play of the week – Ned Anson’s intercept try in the 2nd XV game. No one was a chance of catching him.

Press release from the GPS

For the upcoming 2013 GPS Rugby season, a pilot scheme in which players in the Under 14 age group who weigh 50kg or less, may be allowed to play down an age group.

Players will have to register and weigh in on (June 14) and again on (July 20).

This is an initiative to allow smaller boys to play and enjoy Rugby, an essential principle of GPS sport.

Upcoming fixtures

25th of May – Armidale (A)
1st of June – Grammar (A)

See you all at training,     
Mr G. Barris
MIC Rugby

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Football: The World Game

With the major leagues around Europe wrapping up for the season, it’s time to turn our attention to the games that matter…

NSW CHS Futsal

Congratulations to our under 16s representatives for their silver medal performance at the recent NSW CHS Futsal Regional Championship. It was a tremendous effort from the squad who went through the pool games undefeated to only narrowly lose the final to Emmanuel College. However, the top 2 finish allows them to qualify for the State Championships coming up later this year.

The school was represented by Daniel Arzani, Nader Haidar, Oliver Lethbridge, Jason Lim, Bovan Lin, Adilmorad Nadir, Normorad Nadir, Thomas Nimac, Marcus Plataniotis and Adam Smagarinsky.


Congratulations goes to Arjun Punekar who was selected in the squad to represent the GPS at the upcoming CIS carnival. It is a well-deserved honour for Arjun who not only represents his school every Saturday, but also has club commitments and responsibilities to the Central Coast Mariners Academy.

Weekend Results

The opening trial games produced some mixed results across the board. The new Year 7 cohort proved that High Football continues to grow stronger with the As and Bs both producing good wins. The year got off to a flying start, with Gavin Chung (14Cs) scoring the first goal of the season at just 9:04am, but he wasn’t done yet – going on to bag himself a hat trick. Victor Ho (6th XI) also made a habit of finding the net, getting himself 3 goals as well.

The 1st XI were narrowly beaten by last year’s Premiers, but showed enough encouraging signs to hint they might just be a dark horse of the competition this season. With only 4 starting XI players returning from 2012, it is a credit to the team and the coaching staff – led by Mehdi Hazrati – that they are so well prepared this early in the season.

Football Committee

If you would like to be involved in the football community, please email the Football Committee President Mr Ian Robinson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fixtures – 25th May, 2013

Team Opponent Venue Time
1st XI Shore Northbridge D 11.15
2nd XI Shore Northbridge D 10.00
3rd XI Shore Northbridge D 9.00
4th XI Shore Northbridge F 1.00
5th XI Shore Northbridge F 12.00
6th XI Shore Northbridge F 11.00
7th XI St Ignatius 7th XI McKay 4 9.00
8th XI Newington 9th XI McKay 4 10.00
9th XI Trinity 9th XI Flockhart #2 12.00
10th XI Bye Bye Bye
16A Shore Northbridge D 8.00
16B Shore Northbridge F 9.00
16C Shore Northbridge F 10.00
16D St Patricks 16D McKay 4 11.00
16E St Patricks 16E McKay 4 12.00
15A Shore Mission Field 5 9.00
15B Shore Mission Field 5 10.00
15C Shore Mission Field 5 11.00
15D Shore Mission Field 5 12.00
15E Trinity 15E Mission Field 5 1.00
14A Shore Mission Field 6 1.00
14B Shore Mission Field 6 12.00
14C Shore Mission Field 6 11.00
14D St Patricks 14D Mission Field 6 10.00
14E Newington 14G Mission Field 6 9.00
13A Shore Northbridge D 2.00
13B Shore Northbridge D 1.00
13C Shore Northbridge E 2.00
13D Shore Northbridge E 1.00
13E Shore Northbridge E 12.00

All players must arrive and be ready at least half an hour before the match’s scheduled kick off time.
In the event of bad weather, please make sure you check the school’s website prior to leaving home.


The first 5 students who correctly answer all 3 questions [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] goes into the draw for the major prize to be drawn at the End of Season Dinner. Entries to Mr Mulroney in the PDHPE Staffroom.

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Volleyball Notes

The volleyball season started strongly at the first NSW All Schools Tournament held on Friday 17th at Olympic Park Sydney with High winning gold medals in every division. First Grade defeated Kelso in the Open Division Final. The 16As defeated Rooty Hills in the Under 16 Final and the 15As defeated Kelso in the Under 15 Final.

At the first GPS Round held the following day at Newington High won all 3 matches. First Grade continued their good form to win in convincing style. Second Grade played well to get over the top of their noisy Newington opponents. The 16As won their match in straight sets.

This Saturday 25 May High is at home to Scots College and our junior teams commence the first round of the junior series against Grammar.

GPS Volleyball Results

Date: 18/05/13

1st  Grade   2nd  Grade   16s
25-14   25-20   25-10   27-25   25-16   25-16   25-7   25-14
Skill  1st  Grade 2nd Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 100% Gordon, Kevin R. Yu Peng, Kevin L. 1st 100% Callum, George, Thomas, Raycole, Anes
2nd 94% Pinyan 2nd 94% Sunchit
3rd 78% Ivor 3rd 89% Niyaz
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 50% Jascal 1st 38% Callum
2nd 44% Pinyan 2nd 33% Thomas
3rd 40% Gordon 3rd 32% Niyaz
% of spikes and blocks kept in play 1st 100% Jeffrey, Kevin R. 1st 100% Callum, Niyaz, Thomas, Raycole
2nd 86% Kevin L. 2nd 88% Sunchit
3rd 75% Pinyan 3rd 80% Jason G.
% of spikes and blocks that were kills 1st 88% Jeffrey, Kevin R. 1st 54% George
2nd 58% Jascal 2nd 50% Anes, Nick
3rd 45% Gordon 3rd 44% Callum
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 95% Jason L. 1st 100% Geroge
2nd 94% Yu Peng 2nd 75% Byron
3rd 88% Kevin R. 3rd 67% Sunchit, Jason G.

First Grade Report

As we arrived at Olympic park, we were astounded by the number of players attending the tournament. With sixteen teams in the open division, we knew that the day would be a long and hard one. Our first game against Rooty Hill went well, beating them in straight sets. After this we played Kelso 2, where our back court combinations worked excellently bouncing many balls in the court, allowing us to win in straight sets. Moving into the quarter finals, we played Pennant Hills who had many representatives at the regional level. Despite this, we were able to reduce unforced errors and maintain good blocking form resulting in a win in straight sets. The semi-final was against Carlingford, who had just barely managed to beat second grade in a nail biting match. Our valiant second grade team had managed to severely tire the Carlingford team, who were unable to perform well under the pressure of two successive matches. In light of this, we were able to win in straight sets. Our final against Kelso was tight. We managed to hold off three successive set points, allowing us to get back on top mentally resulting in our winning of the set. Due to the physical domination at the tail end of the first set, the second set went quicker than expected, resulting in a win in straight sets. Well done to all the boys involved – an excellent way to start the season.

GPS Competition
Playing after the excellent of display of teamwork made by second grade, we felt confident. The warm up put us into a good frame of mind, resulting in a quick start to the first set. While close at times, we managed to edge them out, winning the first set fairly comfortably. The good decisions made in attack stopped Newington from getting in a rhythm during the second set and our excellent serving meant we won the second set with ease. The third set followed similarly. Despite the win, the Newington team was noticeably better than last year’s and bodes well for an increase in the quality of the other GPS teams. We know that we will have to continue to train hard to remain competitive for the rest of the season.
Jonathan Clements-Lendrum

Second Grade Report

The competition at Olympic Park last Friday was met with mixed success by Sydney High’s Open B team. While leading up to the event it was looking as if we would have duties to start, when the draw was released we were actually in the more favourable position of playing a game first and then doing duty. As this was our first time playing properly together as a team, and it being the start of the season, everyone was a bit rough around the edges to start. A few of us, myself included, were also adapting to new positions and the rotations and movement around the court that came with them. While this cost us a few points, our first game against the CSSA composite team resulted in victory, but only by one point. Having won the set 25-20, the buzzer went in the second set signalling the end of the game (with a 45 minute time limit) when we were down 18-22. CSSA therefore won that set, but we won overall on points. It was a close call, but we were happy. Our second game against Dungog High School went more successfully, winning 2-0 before the buzzer with scores of 25-23 and 25-20 for the first and second sets respectively. Although we had won our first two matches, our plays could still use a serious amount of work. This really came through in our third and fourth matches, against Homebush and Carlingford. Homebush was a seasoned team; at every Friday tournament before this it’s been the same group of boys playing. Amazingly after a tight first set we pulled ahead and won 25-23, but in both subsequent sets Homebush achieved a significant lead early on, securing them the victory at two sets to our one. That placed us second in our heat, to play Carlingford in the playoffs to the semi-finals. We weren’t prepared at all for the game that Carlingford brought, being a very well-rounded team. They scrambled well, they made use of the entire net for their attacks and we found it hard to compose ourselves for either a successful defence or offense. Predictably but unfortunately we lost 0-2, placing our team at somewhere between 5th and 8th on the ladder out of 16 teams overall, which was still a satisfying result. I’m sure next time with extra training and team unity as a result of having played together for longer, we’ll achieve a better result. Well done regardless, guys!

GPS Competition
With Saturday morning came the first round of the GPS season against Newington. While I was afraid we might’ve been all volleyball’d out after training on Wednesday and Thursday and having played all day Friday at Olympic Park, 2nd Grade was actually at its strongest on the cold Saturday morning. After the previous day’s confusion and adjustment to new positions and the start of a new sport season in general, by Saturday morning everyone was confident and prepared to play. However, that doesn’t mean we weren’t mildly intimidated; the Newington team seemed to be bigger than almost everyone on our side bar George and while that wasn’t indicative of a win, height certainly doesn’t hurt. With us at that immediate disadvantage, and noticing the net was a few centimetres higher than what we’re used to playing on, our first set was played with a degree of reservation, preferring to keep the ball high and slow rather than smacking it down for the most part. Newington took advantage of this caution and took the set to 23-24 their way, with one point needed for them to win. Some accurate serves from Niyaz kept us in the game, allowing us to take our lead back to 25-24, but we still needed to win by 2. At 25 all the stakes were high. After coming this far either team’s morale would be crushed if they lost; and it was at this point that we pulled ahead to win the set 27-25. After that, Newington pretty much fell apart and we only got more comfortable with our game and the new net height, hitting more balls down and despite our size, making significantly more noise than the opposition who had suddenly gone silent after the first set. The second and third sets were won convincingly 25-16 each, and the first game of the season went to High 3 sets to none. Great start to the season, guys!
Calum York

Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Senior Theatresports Report 

Jon Freiberg, Wenbo Gong, Derek Sun, Noah Fowler. These boys were ready for their big debut at round one of the 2013 Senior Theatresports Schools Cup. The competition? Macquarie Grammar, International Grammar, Sydney Girls High and The Scots College. Five teams, three go through. For Jon and Wenbo, this was old territory, being seasoned veterans of Theatresports, having joined in 2012. Their teammate Jacky Yu, another experienced player, had been out sick for weeks. MIA. Get well soon. The four teammates would have to go it alone but with each other against the heavyweight champions SGHS and TSC. There would be no mercy. There would be no second chances should they lose. Except actually if they did lose there would be a second chance in the second chance round. A second chance would be exactly what there would be. There would be no third chances. Which means the stakes were high but probably not as high as what they would be if there hadn’t been a second chance on offer. I digress. Round one, begin. One-minute games.

Commercial” says Jon, echoed by Bridie in confirmation.

In one minute, the boys sell to the audience acid face wash, and score a 9 for their efforts. Definitely a strong start, although unfortunately equalising with IGS and three points short of SGHS and TSC, who both scored 12. Everyone is shocked at the incredible scores after the first round. Round two, and the SBHS team have lost their spot as equal third despite an incredible emotional replay performance of serving food on a plane. They score 11, one point behind IGS after the second round. SGHS and TSC remain neck and neck on 23 each after both scoring 11. IGS on 21, SBHS on 20. It’s still anyone’s game, and the big four of SBHS know this. They vow to do better in the next round, the hardest of them all. Parents tell children of the third round in order to scare them into improvising. The Open Scene. You’re given a two-minute time limit and a title, and a shove into the spotlight. No remorse from the host and/or coach Bridie.

Vacuum cleaner’s revenge” she says.

And Vacuum cleaner’s revenge they act, starting off slowly and building to the incredibly realistic rendition of Noah actually swallowing Derek whole. The audience laughs, they cry, the time goes by. And when the two-minutes expires, a 12 stands proudly from the judges’ scorecards. The boys had regained their position as equal third with IGS on 32 points, behind SGHS on 34 and Scots on 36.

One round to go, one chance to claim their spot in the undisputed top three in order to make it to round two on the first shot. That’s a lot of ones, twos and threes to keep track of but I’m sure you’ll manage. The four choose an old favourite, Genre rollercoaster. A rollercoaster of genres. Acting out the process of sitting your driver’s license test, hilarity ensues. The scene begins neutral.

“Western!” yells Bridie

The boys quickly respond.


“I’m so glad we’ve arrived at this abandoned shack in the middle of the woods,” says Jon, “Let’s get out of the safety of our cars and empty the gas tanks because we won’t be needing them.”

“Film noir!”


“Play school!”

The boys are unstoppable, unfazeable. They finish the scene. Clapping. A pause. One by one the judges put up their scorecards. A three, a five, a five.  Incredible. Thirteen points with two 5s to boot, SBHS are blasted into second place on 45 points behind TSC on 49, and ahead of SGHS on 44, after they scored only 10 in the final round. Victory for the big four, and they are well deserving of it, being the first team from SBHS to ever make it to the second round of the Senior Theatresports Schools Cup. Tune in next time, or watch it live at 7pm on Tuesday 18 June – Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, Lane Cove. 
Calum York
Drama Prefect

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Senior Fencing

School Championships -  Foil

The morning awoke with a slow start as the freshly stirred cars lumbered their way to Marrickville PCYC from all around Sydney. The earliest students to arrive had time to warm up, stretch and clear their mind before the battle - after the necessary registration and bureaucratic processes of course. As it got closer to the start, we rushed our stretches to ensure no strained leg muscles during the long lunges. The poules were almost ready. A booming voice came over the resonant space of the PCYC hall to tell us that our battles were decided. Some of us were lucky to have more balanced poules, whilst others were placed in what are colloquially termed "death poules". After the bouts, the tree of first direct eliminations was decided. The best-ranking fencers got through with a bye. The rest fought vigorously to stay in, against opponents of sizeable power and skill. Those who ranked closer to the middle were fortunate to be able to fight opponents of similar ability: others were under great pressure to fight considerably more advanced fencers than them; some came out victorious nonetheless. The 15 point relays of the elimination rounds allowed much more time for consideration and tactical passivity than the 3-minute bouts in the poules. This resulted in much longer, more interesting and more dynamic fencing than would be allowed in a clipped 3-minute timespace, bringing out some great fencing in our boys. This would determine who would get into the second direct elimination, which decided who would get through to the finals this week. Hayden Raybone was victorious at the end of the day and will be competing in the finals on Saturday.
Chris Chen

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Music Notes


Music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2013). Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school on 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.


Congratulations to the Senior String Ensemble for their hard work under the directorship of Ms Rebecca Irwin. They performed at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod Secondary School String Ensemble section on Monday, the 20th of May and were awarded with a ‘highly commended.’ Well done boys!


Congratulations to the following boys who completed their AMEB Violin exams.

Anh Nguyen (Yr 8) Preliminary: A
Raphael Ng (Yr 9) Grade 1: B+
Yisheng Liu (Yr 10) Grade 1: A

Thanks to Denis Kasza (violin teacher at SBHS) who prepared the boys for the exam. WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!


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. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation

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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From the Andrews Junior Library

For most of our students the exams are over and they may have an opportunity to read a book or two.  The Junior Library is bursting to the seams with new books displayed on the new book stand and the newspaper table.  These new resources have their covers displayed along the Andrews Library Corridor.  The librarian also sends you a DET email with a click in website also displaying the latest resources in your Library.  Do you ever look at your DET email?

These are the latest new book resources:

(8 additional DVD are also displayed on the newspaper table)

It is easy to renew and check on your library loans through your Portal/ My Library.


If you get in the habit of looking in your Library Enquiry when you start a new topic you can find related DVD documentaries and DVD lessons (some with references to the W drive), websites and Links for Learning and directions to State Library Databases.  Websites are click in, W drive references can be word/title searched by going to the W drive. Library searching is just like googling and OASIS can be searched by subject as well as title and author.  Type in a search term and see what you can find. It will be a mixture of websites and DVD’s as well as books.

Mrs Crothers

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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

Joint SGHS-SBHS P&C Meeting

The next P&C General meeting is the joint SGHS-SBHS P&C meeting which will be held Wednesday 19 June at 7:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Hall at Sydney Girls High School.  The guest speaker at this year’s joint meeting is Dr Ramesh Manocha who is a practising medico and researcher at the University of New South Wales. Dr Manocha’s main area of research is meditation and its potential application for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Dr Manocha will be speaking on the topic Dealing with Teenage Stress and Enhancing Academic Performance which will deal with the rising tide of mental, social and emotional challenges affecting young people in our increasingly complex world. It will provide accurate information and reliable advice on how to deal with these unprecedented challenges. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that this meeting will replace our usual Monday P&C meeting.

Year 7 Information Evening

The Year 7 information evening will be held within the next month prior to the Year 7 Parent Teacher night.  This will be an excellent opportunity for our new parents to hear from and engage with the three Year 7 Advisers as well as meeting other parents from their Year group.

Details of the evening will be circulated to parents in the next fortnight. We recommend you make the time to attend if at all possible.

Upcoming Parking Events

We apologise for an error in last week’s High Notes which listed the Music supporters’ group parking for Saturday 25 June.  This should have read Saturday 25 May (this coming Saturday).

Parents are reminded of the importance of supporting their sons’ co-curricular activities through these valuable fund-raising activities.  New parents are particularly welcome and no experience is necessary.  Parking is a great opportunity to meet with other parents and keep up to date with school life. 

Please make sure you check with the co-curricular parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.

Saturday 25 May 7:30pm – Roosters v Storm (Music Supporters Group)
Saturday 18 June 7:40pm – Swans v Fremantle Dockers (Rugby Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

University Information Evening for Parents and Students: Great Hall – 7:00pm, Tuesday 28 May.

Ian Sweeting

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Student Production: Grease

Sydney Boys & Sydney Girls High Schools present


Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Thursday 13 / Friday 14 / Saturday 15
June 2013

Book Now - Seating is Limited - Don't Miss Out

Venue - Sydney Girls High School - Multipurpose Hall
Anzac Pde & Cleveland St, Surry Hills 2010 (Gate 4 or 5)

Adults: $20
Family: $60   (2 adults, 2 children)
Concession: $15
Children < 5yo: $5

Cash payments and ticket collections via Sydney Girls High School office before school, recess or lunch
Preferred payment is by credit card or cheque
Bookings can be made by phone, in person, via email or by mail
Ensure you attach the below payment slip with your payment

The SBHS and SGHS production of Grease booking form is available
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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