High Notes, Vol 14 No 2, February 08 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Newcomer to High, Christian Haddo (Year 9), set 4 school records at the swimming carnival: 15 years 50m ‘fly (29.8); 50m free (26.8); 100 m free (58.3) and 200m free (2.15.2). Allen Guo (7F) set records in 12 years 50m breaststroke (43.15) and 50m ‘fly (37.6). Kalem Best (Year 9), another new boy, swam 2.17.8 for 14 years 200m free. Darren Chien (Year 12) set a new record in the 17+ 100m backstroke (1.17.88). Kevin Guo (Year 8) swam 35.19 for 14 years breaststroke and Leonard Mah posted 1.01.50 for the 16 years freestyle. Brandon Yoon broke the 13 years 200m freestyle record with a time of 2.28.0. All boys were also Age champions except for 16 years – Michael Sawang. Congratulations to all boys on their fine efforts at the carnival.

New Parents Welcome Evening
Thank you to Ian Sweeting, the Year 8 Year Group parents, the P&C for refreshments, the Sailing Committee for the supper, and the sailing boys for their great job as waiters. The Great Hall was crowded for the occasion and the new banners promoting our co-curricular activities added an attractive vibe to the occasion.

Sick/Injured arrangements for Wednesday/Thursday afternoons
Students need to go to Room 105 at 12.50pm if they have a note from a parent or doctor indicating why they are unable to take part in sport for the afternoon. If students do not have a note or doctors certificate, they will be sent to Sports Development for the afternoon. Their attendance at Sports Development will be recorded. If a student brings repeated notes from a parent only, the student will be asked to seek medical advice, bring a doctor’s certificate diagnosing what the problem might be, and the length of recovery required. If a student becomes sick or is injured during the day on Wednesday or Thursday, then a parent will be contacted to make arrangements for the student to be collected or to go home by public transport.

Languages study arrangements Year 7
In order to respond to student free choice electives for LOTE, Mr Dowdell organised 12 language classes, operating among the three pairs of classes. He attempted to maximise alignment with student choices but was constrained by the subjects and class numbers predetermined by school policy. Students and parents should know that the objective in Year 7 is to expose students to new languages. From Year 8 onwards, students specialise in languages they would like to study more deeply. Around 7% of boys were disappointed that their preferred selections were not available to them in Year 7. There are 3 Latin classes, 2 Chinese classes, 4 French classes and 3 German classes. In 2013 the pattern was as follows:

7E Chinese Advanced French
7F English Enhancement French German
7M Sports Latin French (all 7M)
7R GAT Chinese Beginners German (all 7R)
7S Outrider French German
7T Latin Latin

Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

Cash Register Opening Times

Due to the change of bell times the cash register will be closed at 2.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays. Before school and first break register times (be it recess or lunch) remain the same on these days.

There are now 2 cash registers open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. The second register is located opposite the Deputy’s Office (Mr Barris).
Sharon Kearns

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SHS Rowing

Newington Regatta Results

This was a full regatta last Saturday with all 20 High crews racing. Regardless of the terrible weather, it was a good start to the year with improved times from the senior/Y10 crews, and some competitive racing from the Junior crews. Congratulations to the following standout Junior quads–

Race/Crew Place Names Time
Year 9 1st Quad 2nd Oliver Lethbridge, Jacob Katafono, Ed Belokopytov, Kevin Fan (c) Daniel Xu 4.16.86
Year 9 2nd Quad 2nd Stuart Benjamin, Richard Ding, Wesley Zhang, Darren Lim, (c) John Chen 4.32.59
Year 8 1st Quad 1st Chris Chang, Roy Yi, Nathan Quan, Kevin Guo, (c) Alvis Leung 4.37.70
Year 8 2nd Quad 3rd Jason Huo, Nigel Sun, Connor Fisher, Shane Wei, (c) Daniel Fan 5.01.04
Year 8 6th Quad 3rd Jasper McCahon-Boersma, Flidon Wang, Matthew Whittaker, Thomas McGrath, (c) Jack Zhou 4.41.69

This week at rowing –

  • Y8 and Y9 quads will be racing at the Sydney Boys High Regatta
  • Y10 and Seniors will be racing at the Kings/PLC Regatta at SIRC

Sydney High GPS Regatta

Saturday 9 February

High Rowing will be hosting the GPS Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay this Saturday 9 February starting at 8am

All Y8 and Y9 crews will be competing

Please come along and support High Rowing
Cheer on the crews

Upcoming Regattas -

Date Junior Regatta Y10 Regatta Senior/Y10 Regatta
February 16th Scots Regatta - Hen&Chicken Melbourne NSW Championships - SIRC
February23th Shore - Hen & Chicken Bay Shore – Hen&Chicken SRC Regatta - SIRC
March 2nd Riverview – Lane Cove
March 9th AAGPS Head of the River - SIRC AAGPS Head of the River - SIRC

All regatta entries and results can be found on the Rowing NSW website – www.rowingnsw.asn.au
If you are not receiving information via email please email your details to - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Taree Summer Camp Report

After the success of last year’s trip to Taree, the Sydney Boys High Senior Rowers travelled up north in January in expectation of a tough 5 days of rowing. The Croker family were once again hospitable enough to let us use their facilities; camping outside their house, giving us electricity, shelter and amenities, and even giving us a tour of the oar factory. On arrival, the boys set up their tents, rigged up the boats and prepared for our first row in the sweltering heat of the nation’s highest recorded temperature.

Throughout the week we raced and trained in combined crews, mixing the 1st VIII, 2nd VIII and 1st IV in every conceivable class of boat to challenge our skills and strengthen our teamwork and promote unity in the sheds.

A real focus for our workloads was internal competition and race experience, with heavy workloads at dawn pitting members of the 1st VIII in long racing pieces against each other in fours and singles. These long, intense races designed by 1st VIII coach George Barris, sought to perfect our technique under pressure and fatigue, powering through physical and mental boundaries on the water. The 2nd VIII trained and worked mainly in single sculls under the watchful eye of our newly appointed Head Coach Beryl Crockford, who flogged them with time trials and 25km rows, improving their sculling technique and fitness immensely.

Our 1st IV, comprised of new rowers, trained diligently in solitude on our early days in camp, before joining in our races and demonstrating levels of technique and boat speed well beyond expectations. Old boys Pravin Radhakrishnan and Gareth Deacon trained them in pairs and singles to improve their blade work and understanding of the rowing stroke.

Overall the camp was a great success. The hard work and long, exhausting hours improved all rowers individually and brought them together as crews. Despite the heat, the weather stayed calm and offered flat water for our training. Special thanks must be made to the entire Croker family for letting us camp, the wonderful parents who gave up their time to travel up with us and cook our food as well as the coaches and the MIC of rowing, Julie Blomberg.
Alex Pereira
Captain of Boats

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

AAGPS 1st Grade

Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 9 9 0 901 473 18
Newington 9 8 1 707 390 17
Shore 9 5 4 596 574 14
High 9 4 5 615 585 13
St. Ignatius' 9 4 5 527 647 13
Kings 9 3 6 467 554 12
St. Joseph's 9 3 6 587 728 12
Grammar 9 0 9 362 811 9

AAGPS 2nd Grade

Played Won Lost For Against Points
High 9 8 1 476 363 17
St. Ignatius' 9 8 1 496 366 17
St. Joseph's 9 6 3 489 446 15
Shore 9 4 5 390 378 13
Grammar 9 3 6 362 400 12
Kings 9 3 6 393 443 12
Scots 9 3 6 346 427 12
Newington 9 1 8 308 437 10

1st Grade and 2nd Grade suffered close losses to Iggies this week, although this still places High on the same rankings in both the 1st and 2nd Grade tables. Last Saturday was a trial game against Iggies so only As and Bs played. High 1st Grade is still currently 4th on the AAGPS 1st Grade table, a very strong result that places High above the halfway line by more than 88 points For High. 2nd Grade suffered their first loss of the season by 2 points last Saturday, but this still places them equal 1st in the GPS. This Saturday is a full school match-up against Newington, good luck to all teams in this matchup and make sure you cheer on High1st and 2nd Grade!

~ 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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Swimming News

School Swimming Carnival 2013

The school swimming carnival was held on Monday the 4th February at Des Renford Pool, Maroubra. The threat of bad weather did not hamper the enthusiasm for the carnival which was well attended with over 900 boys showing up. It was great to see so many boys participating in so many events. This year, we have discovered some extraordinary talent, especially in the intermediate years, with many school records broken. All results/records can be viewed on the school website listed below: 


In Summary:


Place House Total
1 Eedy 232
2 McKay 178
3 Fairland 132
4 Rubie 97
5 Saxby 66
6 Torrington 50


Backstroke 50-100m
12 Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay '40.60 Mins 8/02/2010
13 Leonard MAH Eedy '36.90 Mins 8/02/2010
14 Leonard MAH Rubie 0'34.25 Mins 14/02/2011
15 ELLIS LOUIE Eedy '32.03 Mins 4/02/2003
16 Eugene LEE Rubie 1'13.88 Mins 6/02/2012
17_O Darren CHIEN Eedy 1'17.88 Mins 4/02/2013
Breaststroke 50-100m
12_U Allen GUO Fairland 0'43.15 Mins 4/02/2013
13 Kenny LA Fairland '38.78 Mins 3/02/2004
14 Kevin GUO Eedy 0'35.19 Mins 4/02/2013
15 Andrew REIS Eedy '33.44 Mins 3/02/2004
16 Andrew REIS Eedy 1'10.00 Mins 8/02/2005
17_O Benjamin CHOW Rubie 1'05.00 Mins 8/02/2005
Butterfly 50-100m
12_U Allen GUO Fairland 0'37.60 Mins 4/02/2013
13 Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay '32.47 Mins 14/02/2011
14 Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay '31.72 Mins 6/02/2012
15 Christian HADDO Eedy 0'29.80 Mins 4/02/2013
16 MAXIMILLIAN KITE Torrington '52.27 Mins 8/02/2008
17_O Thomas MILLER Torrington 1'02.25 Mins 3/02/2004
Freestyle 100m
12_U Jason QIU Fairland 1'15.00 Mins 14/02/2011
13 Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay 1'05.05 Mins 14/02/2011
14 Leonard MAH Rubie 1'02.30 Mins 14/02/2011
15 Christian HADDO Eedy 0'58.30 Mins 4/02/2013
16 Leonard MAH Rubie 1'01.50 Mins 4/02/2013
17_O Thomas MILLER Torrington 0'55.57 Mins 3/02/2004
Freestyle 200m
12_U Jason QIU Fairland 2'40.70 Mins 14/02/2011
13 Brandon YOON Eedy 2'28.00 Mins 4/02/2013
14 Kalem BEST McKay 2'17.80 Mins 4/02/2013
15 Christian HADDO Eedy 2'15.20 Mins 4/02/2013
16 Max CHIEN Eedy 2'27.00 Mins 8/02/2010
17_O Thomas MILLER Torrington 2'05.41 Mins 3/02/2004
Freestyle 400m
15_U ELLIS LOUIE Eedy 5'17.53 Mins 4/02/2003
16 Andrew REIS Eedy 4'26.33 Mins 8/02/2005
17_O G BREWER 4'12.00 Mins 31/01/1976
Freestyle 50m
12_U Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay 33.47 Secs 8/02/2010
13 Kazuo NAKAMURA McKay 29.50 Secs 14/02/2011
14 Leonard MAH Rubie 27.94 Secs 14/02/2011
15 Leonard MAH Rubie 26.80 Secs 6/02/2012
15 Christian HADDO Eedy 26.80 Secs 4/02/2013
16 Tom MILLER Torrington 26.15 Secs 6/02/2002
17_O Thomas MILLER Torrington 25.18 Secs 3/02/2004
Freestyle 800m
16_U B EBEL 9'16.34 Mins 31/01/2003
17_O S CROFT 9'30.91 Mins 31/01/2003
Individual Medley 200-400m
16_U Andrew REIS Eedy 2'28.00 Mins 8/02/2005
17_O Barry DUBOVSKY Torrington 6'17.83 Mins 3/02/2004

Age Champions 2013

  • 12 Years- Allen GUO
  • 13 Years- Brendon YUN
  • 14 Years- Kalem BEST
  • 15 Years- Christian HADDO
  • 16 Years- Michael SAWANG
  • 17+ Years- Darren Chien

Record Breakers

Congratulations to all participants, especially those recording their personal best. A special mention to the following boys who broke records on the day:

  • Darren Chien
  • Allen Guo
  • Kevin Guo
  • Christian Haddo
  • Lenard Mah
  • Kalem Best

The GPS relay (4x100m) medley

A promising HIGH team was unable to overcome a strong Newington team who went on to win the event.  Congratulations to them. However, SBHS finished a pleasing 3rd. Well done, boys.

GPS Captains dinner (St Ignatius)

Monday night 4th Feb 2013

Congratulations to George Dzero, Dominic Mah (Co Captains) and Darren Chien (Vice captain) who represented our school with such pride at the captains dinner on Monday night. They were all fine ambassadors for the school. George’s speech emphasised the importance of training, HIGH’s improvement in swimming, commitment and never give up attitude and always perform to the best of your ability.  Well done.

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SBHS Debating

Welcome back debating families and a special hello to all the new debaters and their families who are joining us in Year 7 and in other year groups.  Last year nearly 250 students took part in the Debating Program at High. It is the biggest school program in NSW. In 2013 our Year 12s Debaters won the Premiers Debating Challenge for the whole of NSW and our Year 11 Debaters won the GPS competition. It is very exciting to be part of debating at High and I would say that last year we had our most successful in terms of junior debaters supporting senior debaters on Friday evening competition nights. Over the next few weeks I will explain the Debating Program, but for today just a few important dates.

Our first parking event is on 10th February (2-5pm).  Parking is an important way for us to raise funds for debating. We get allocated a number parking events in the year. These events are run with the help of volunteering parents and boys. It is a fun activity to do as a family. You will either be accepting money and issuing tickets or showing the drivers where to park. There is plenty of help and support available for those parents and boys who are new to parking.  If you are able to help, please respond to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, your son's name and roll call class and the number of people who will be coming. The first week of debating coaching is on 15th February from 3.25 until 4.45 for Juniors and until 5 for Seniors. You must make sure that you have signed up on the debating notice board (outside the Drama Room) for a place in a debating group.

An important event for parents is the 28th February. On that date we will be holding a Debating Supporters Group meeting form 6pm until 7pm and then from 7pm to 8pm will be an Information Evening for Parents so that they can find out about the Debating Program at High. Please come along if you have any unanswered questions or would like to find out more about Debating at High.

Most importantly if your son is involved or thinking of getting involved in debating this year then you must sign up for the Debating emails. Each week I communicate with boys and parents via email about the up and coming week and give out important notices. Please email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell me your son’s name, his year group and your name. If neither you nor your son is on the emailing list then it is highly likely that he will miss out on important opportunities that arise in debating.

I am confident that 2013 will be an excellent year for debating at High and I am looking forward to working with the boys, the parents, the coaches and the PDC teachers for another year of success.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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From the Canteen

Welcome to all our volunteers for 2013, in particular all the new parents to the school.  Canteen provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents, find out what is happening at the school and provides significant contributions to the P&C to fund worthy projects which benefit all of our sons.  If you can spare a day a month to help out please contact the canteen on Ph: 9360 4027.  Your sons will love to see you there.

Don’t miss out on food you want!  Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen but keep missing out? 

  1. Order ahead and reserve what you want!
  2. Make sure you are on the right queue!
  • The lines at the front of the canteen are for Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.  Please make sure you are in the correct line to avoid overcrowding and causing delays in service.
  • A quick service window for drinks, ice blocks etc is around the corner – no lunch items can be bought at this window.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is a good idea to put in a lunch order, as sometimes what you want may have sold out.
Thank you
The Canteen Team


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Music Notes

Welcome Back!

Hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing break over the holidays and are refreshed to start an exciting new year with us in the music program. Ensemble rehearsals have commenced as of this week.

Please check the 2013 music ensemble schedule as there have been minor changes from last year.

Australian Youth Music Festival 2013

During the holidays, Oliver Kirk (Year 12) performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Oliver was a featured soloist in a number of musical items. The event was truly a spectacular event which was televised internationally. It was a vibrant and exciting celebration of youth, designed to welcome Athletes from all countries. Congratulations to Oliver on such an outstanding and sophisticated performance!!!

Marching Band

Marching Band has commenced this week. Many boys have forgotten that all ensembles have started this week and that includes Marching Band. Marching Band rehearsals are on Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30pm & Friday morning 7:45-8:45am. We only have 8 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day.

Ensemble Rehearsals

All ensembles have commenced as of this week. Morning rehearsals start at 7:45am unless stated by the music teacher/tutor conducting the ensemble.

All rolls will be taken and remember this will go towards your Awards System. You are ONLY allowed to miss on 2 REHEARSALS per term. BE CAREFUL!!!

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 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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Senior Production: Grease

The 2013 Combined SGHS & SBHS Senior Production


First Round Auditions were held
Tuesday 5 February 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Great Hall SBHS

Calling for expressions of interest from all Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Singers and…PERFORMERS!

Only students from Years 9, 10, 11 & 12

Call Back Auditions will occur on Tuesday 12 February at the Great Hall.  Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons and some Sundays in Campbell Hall, SGHS. 

Attendance at all rehearsals is compulsory and not negotiable. 

A nominal participation fee will apply to successful candidates to help cover costs.

The production will be staged in Week 6, Term 2 2013.

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