High Notes, Vol 14 No 20, June 28 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our CHSSA finals teams and individuals in cross country. Luke and Jayden Schofield, Elliot Love and Kevin Guo (14 years), and Ned Anson, Steven Chung, Kenneth Liu and Lokesh Sharma (17 years), will represent High. Individual competitors Thomas Nimac (15 years), Brendan Hancox (16 years) and Jonathon Clements-Lendrum and Nelson Tang (18 years) also made it to CHSSA. Well done, boys! The Rostrum, Voice of Youth Competition is important in public speaking. Andrew McNaughton (Junior Division) and Kushaal Vyas (Senior Division) represented High in the Finals. Kushaal was successful and will represent NSW in the national competition. Congratulations to both boys!  Our fencers have performed really well at the National Championships in Brisbane. James Siu (Year 7) won gold in the U15 sabre and John Tian (Year 8) in the U15 épée. Great job, boys! In the CHSSA basketball knockout competition our open team reached the final but was unable to defend the Shell Trophy, going down to Westfield Sports High. Well done to all the team: Eamon Kelly, Mitchell Flynn, Geoff Gerlach, James Baraceros, Jack Hutchison, Bailey Musulin, Noah Fowler, Stephan Bell and Nathan Sutton (injured). Our Hume Barbour PDC Year 12 team won their quarter final and will debate the semi-final on July 26. Good luck, boys. Mr Ken Smith, Principal of Murray High School in Albury, rang specially to congratulate our CHSSA Table Tennis team on their sportsmanship, demeanour and manners.  He observed the boys at the finals competition. Well done boys; you have enhanced the reputation of our school by your actions.

Thank you to the High Community
I want to thank everyone in the High community for their patience and forbearance during our extended period of carpeting and painting. Despite many requests we were unable to schedule this work to take place mostly in holiday breaks. Staff and students were impacted particularly by restricted movement in corridors and by the paint fumes. The main building does look much brighter so I hope the gain lasts much longer than the pain. Thanks again. 

Early Buses from Central
At the last School council meeting, SRC representatives Shawn Noronha and Ned Anson (Year 11) raised the matter of the removal of the 7:30 buses from Central that were dedicated to SBHS-SGHS students. The situation is that M50 buses coming from Drummoyne are emptied out at Central, thus allowing our students to use them. Departure times for these buses (with arrival at school in parentheses) are: 7:03 (7:13), 7:12 (7:22), 7:21 (7:31), 7:30 (7:41), 7:39 (7:50) and 7:50 (8:01). In fact, this M50 service reserved for school students actually improves the service to our two schools and offers more flexible alternatives than a couple of special buses. Given that is the case, State Transit has decreed that our students are not to use the regular bus services in the mornings during that M50 available time period.

Light Rail
Nea Saunders, Ian Sweeting and I met with officers from Transport NSW to be briefed about the light rail project proposals to date. Ross Hornsey, Senior Manager Community Engagement Project Communications transport Projects, with David Dalton, Principal Manager Engineering Services Transport Projects, walked through a PowerPoint presentation and gave us useful feedback on our concerns. The preferred engineering option is a ‘cut and cover’ tunnel across Moore Park West opposite Devonshire St. exiting near the Swan training field in Moore Park East and running along the eastern side of the bus lane. We have been assured that there will be no loss of amenity in Moore Park as a result of the light rail project except for considerable issues during construction. The positioning of the light rail stop has not been finalised but could be north of the existing bus stop, perhaps near the bus loop fields. It is possible that the station might be below ground level. Crowd control structures will be in place to meet the demand for major SCG events and should be able to accommodate the 2,000 students per day that potentially might wish to use the service at the same time each school day. Getting 2k students across Anzac Parade to access the light rail remains a challenge for us to think about. We shall be putting a submission to transport NSW highlighting our major areas of concern. Overall, the light rail can only be a real asset for our school by providing a great connection to Central.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Public Speaking

Last Saturday night saw two of our students compete in the state finals for Rostrum, Voice of Youth. This took place in the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the State Parliament House. Andrew McNaughton in Year 9 represented High in the junior division while Khushaal Vyas in Year 12 spoke in the seniors.

While both boys spoke exceptionally well, Khushaal was named the outright winner of the senior division. He is now off to Canberra next month to represent the school, and NSW, in the national finals. Making it to the state finals alone is a huge achievement and both students are to be congratulated for their fine efforts in public speaking.
Evan Higgins
Public Speaking Coordinator

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From the Office

Applying for leave of absence

To apply for a leave of absence for your son:

  • Log in to the Parent Portal
  • Access the School Reference Documents section
  • 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.

Early Leave

All applications for Early Leave need to be signed by a Deputy Principal and then submitted to the main office by 9am.

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Australian Scout Award

Kai Matsumoto (Year 9) received the Australian Scout Medallion on 9 June 2013. Kai has been involved in a variety of community and volunteer work through Scouting for the last 10 years and has been the Chairperson of the NSW Scout Youth Council.

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our volunteers last week.

MON: Lynn Chen, Cole Gu, Rebecca Tsai,
TUES: Sachiyo James, Peter Jia, Sharon Hughes,
WEDS: Fumiko Cheong, Penny Chan,
THURS: Ming Ming Lee, Min Strauss, Alana Liang
FRI: Stam Farrugia

and a special thank you to Shannon Hickey, Jeannie Vye and Frances Salmon for last minute help which was much appreciated, especially as we were without our Year 12 Prefects due to their exams.

Wishing everyone a safe and restful vacation.  See you all back again next term.
The Canteen Team

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From the Andrews Junior Library


Our Library has been putting new books out for you to see and borrow (new books displays) at a great rate for the last 2 weeks
Mrs Crothers

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Proud School Pilot

Opportunity to share your views on the Proud Schools Pilot

Dear Parent,

As you may be aware, Sydney Boys High School is one of 12 schools participating in the NSW Proud Schools Pilot. The Proud Schools Pilot is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, which aims to support schools in providing a safe environment for all students, including those who are same sex attracted and gender diverse.

The pilot was initiated following a decade of research by La Trobe University, which indicated that same sex attracted and gender questioning young people experience better education, health and wellbeing outcomes when they feel safe and supported at school*. The pilot is supported by current Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

We would like to provide all parents with the opportunity to comment on this pilot, and on our schools approach to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for same sex attracted and gender diverse students. If you would like to provide feedback, you can do so by visiting this web-portal: http://tinyurl.com/proud-schools

*Writing Themselves in 3 - The third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people (Hillier, L., et al. 2010).

For any further information call Mr John Walker, Head Teacher Student Welfare.

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SBHS Debating

We have come to the end of Term 2 now which means we are 2/3 of the way through the debating season. A big congratulations to the Year 12 PDC team who are now at Semi Final stage in the Year 12 PDC competition.

I wanted to take this opportunity to ensure that everyone is clear about Award Points.

I will allocate award points at the start of Term 4.  The maximum number of award points for debating in all Years is 30 points.

The award points for coaching are based upon a regular attendance at debating through the whole 3 term season. There are 20 allocated for Year 11 and Year 12 and 15 allocated for Years 7-10.

In addition Award Points are given for debating (1 per after-school competition debate) and for chairing (1 per after-school competition debate).

PDC team members get 5 points however far they get in the competition.

In addition I sometimes offer award points for other areas such as those boys who came to watch the Year 12 Eastside Final got award points (and I can be flexible with these and give them to you from High Spirit which actually means you can go above your maximum of 30!)

It is important for you to keep a personal record of the amount of debates etc that you take part in. I, of course, have a record but sometimes there are last minutes changes to the team make up or someone can't make it to Chair and these changes may not be recorded because it is so busy.

At the start of Term 4 I will put the Award Points up on the notice board and ask students to check their allocation. Any problems MUST be reported to me then before I submit them onto the system.

I am still concerned about the lack of student and parental email contacts I have. If you want to be an active part of the Debating program you should sign up for the email by sending me an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name or your son’s name and Year group.

An important date for your diary is Saturday 7th September 2013. This is our Debating Dinner which is a wonderful night to mark an end to the season.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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ASX Share Market Game

Semester 1

Over 400 students participated in the Semester 1 Share Market Game no doubt motivated by the great success our students have had in recent years, reaping significant financial rewards for themselves and the Social Sciences Faculty. Unfortunately many of our players were ambushed by the bears and were unable to recover sufficiently to win prizes this time.

This Game has been an interesting one – we saw the market fall during the first weeks of the Game, it then slowly moved upwards with some days being more volatile than others. By the end, the All Ordinaries wasn’t far from where it started.

  • The All Ordinaries (XAO) was only up by 0.98% 
  • The best performing sector was telecommunications up 11.4% 
  • The worst performing sector was materials down 8.46%
  • 45.95% of players finished in profit 
  • The average portfolio value was $49,641

Each student had a nominal $50,000 to invest.

National Winner - $59,685
NSW Winner - $58,451

The leading players in each Year were;

SYNDICATE STUDENT YR Portfolio Value - $
Shoot For the Stars Jun Jie Chen 9 56,163
Legal Eagle Samuel Pham 11 55,605
Memory Sticks Jason Rui Huang 10 54,397
Prince of Persia Khushaal Vyas 12 54,277

Well done to everyone who participated in the Game. Registration for the Semester 2 Game starts 24th July with trading to begin 22nd August.
TP Dolan
ASX Coordinator

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Football: The World Game

High Football takes part in history

On November 16th 2005, Australian Football created history by qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years, defeating Uruguay to a sold-out crowd at Stadium Australia. 8 years later, and the Socceroos were at it again, needing a win to guarantee their ticket to Brazil. In conjunction with Football Australia, 40 boys were given the opportunity to participate in a pre-match lap of the hallowed turf, getting a perspective of the stadium traditionally reserved for a select few.

With over 3500 students from schools all over NSW participating, it was truly a major spectacle and enjoyed by all. A big thanks to the staff of Mr Smith, Ms Evans, Ms Millar and Mr Jauregui for their assistance and to Football Australia for providing the opportunity.


Congratulations go to Arjun Punekar (Yr 12), Michael Cui (Yr 11) and Daniel Arzani (Yr 9) for their selections in the combined AAGPS Representative squads last week. Arjun was selected to captain the 2nd XI team, but was later promoted to the 1st XI team – a great reward for his performance this year. Daniel became only the 3rd Year 9 boy ever to represent the AAGPS at 1st or 2nd XI level – a fantastic achievement and a base from which he can improve in the coming seasons.

Melbourne Sports Exchange

A combined team of Year 10 and 11 boys was selected to represent football for the annual Sports Exchange between Sydney High and Melbourne High. With a collection of boys from the 1st and 2nd XI as well as some 16As players, it was a strong squad and the result was a fair reflection of the quality of the game with High running out victors 3-1. Played on Melbourne’s main oval, flowing football proved difficult due to the muddy pitch. However, High adapted better to the conditions and showed a higher level of skill to atone for last year’s defeat. Michael Cui (Yr 11) was awarded the man-of-the-match for another strong showing in defence, whilst Adil Nadir (Yr 10) and Jesse Cooper (Yr 11) provided the impetus going forward.


High progressed to round 3 of the CIS Cup Knockout by defeating a spirited Grammar team 4-2 in dour conditions last Wednesday. With constant rain in the lead-up to kick off, it looked like the fixture may need to be postponed until the all clear was finally given and High took full advantage, out-thinking and out-playing their traditional rivals. An excellent squad performance ushers High into round 3 to meet Newington College early next term.

Football Community

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  

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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/

Running Rugby

The photos below show the new running rugby Sydney High is playing throughout the age groups this year. While it has led to many breaks in the oppositions’ defensive line it is also quite tiring for the boys, as seen by the photo on the bottom left.

Rugby Holiday training

13s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
14s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
15s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
16s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30

3rds/4ths - Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30

1sts/2nds – Week 1 - Monday July 1 – 9.30-11.30, Wednesday July 3 - 3-5, Friday July 5 - 9.30 – 11.30
1sts/2nds – Week 2 - Monday July 8 – 3-5, Wednesday July 10 – 2pm @ Cranbrook, Friday July 12 – 9.30-11.30.

Upcoming fixtures

20th of July – Kinross Wolaroi (H) – Trial
27th of July – Kings (H)

See you all at training
Mr G. Barris
MIC Rugby

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Music Notes

All music ensembles and private lessons will commence in Week 1, Term 3.

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. THANKYOU 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 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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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

SGHS-SBHS Joint P&C Meeting

Thank you to the parents who attended the SGHS-SBHS Joint P&C meeting last Wednesday evening in Campbell Hall in the Girls School. There was a strong turnout from both schools on a cold and wet evening to hear from Dr Ramesh Manocha on the benefits to students derived from the use of meditation techniques.   Thank you to the SGHS staff and members of the P&C for their work in arranging this pleasant and informative evening. Our apologies for the mistake in previous High Notes which identified the venue as the Multi-Purpose Hall.

Upcoming P&C General Meetings

As advised last week, the next P&C general meeting will be held in Term 3 on Monday 12 August at 7:30pm in the Staff Common Room.  Please take the opportunity to come along to at least one meeting a year to ensure the decisions of the P&C properly reflect the views of the parent body.

For your information, issues that the SBHS P&C is involved in this year include: providing new SBHS decals (signage) for the school’s vehicles; organising the 2013 Year 12 exit survey; liaising with parents on Year group information evenings; improvements to the parent mentor scheme; changes to the management of parent contact details for co-curricular sub-committees; liaising with the Old Boys Union on a proposed OBU seminar later this year; and providing input into the GCEE project.

The remaining P&C general meeting dates and times up to the end of the year are as follows:

Monday 9 September
Monday 14 October
Monday 11 November (AGM)

Upcoming Parking Events

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

Friday 28 June 7:50pm – Swans v Carlton (Rowing Supporters Group)
Monday 1 July 7:00pm – Roosters v Sea Eagles (Cricket Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Last Day of Term – Friday 28 June.
General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 12 August.

Ian Sweeting

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Drama Festival Incursion

17-18 July 2013
The Great Hall

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

At the start of Term 3 Sydney Boys High will be hosting the school’s annual Drama Festival.

The festival will include performances from students in Years 7 – 12 Drama classes.

This is an exciting annual event on the school calendar and some participants will go on to represent the school at both the Sydney Region and State Drama Festivals.

To celebrate the achievements of our students we have organised four School Matinees for students in Years 7 – 10.  Students in Years 7 and 8 will attend on Wednesday 17 July periods 2 and 3 respectively.  Years 9 and 10 students will attend on Thursday 18 July periods 2 and 3.

The cost of the incursion is $5 payable to the front office.

There will also be an evening performance at 7pm on Thursday 18 July. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for families.

This promises to be a fun, lively and highly entertaining event. Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.   

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school.

Kind regards,
Jennie Rohr
Drama Coordinator

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Drama Festival Performance

Watch Out! 

Sydney Boys High School
Drama Festival

7pm Thursday July 18 2013
The Great Hall

Tickets available at the door $5/$10 

Book Now

Seating is Limited - Don't Miss Out

Adults: $10
Family (2 Adults/2 Children): $25
Concession: $5
Children under 5yo: Free

Cash payments and ticket collections are only to be made at Sydney Boys High School office before school, at recess or at lunch.
Preferred payment method is credit card of cheque.
Bookings can be made by phone, in person, via email or by mail
Ensure you attach payment slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with your payment

The Drama Festival 2013 booking form is available in 
the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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NSW Health: Mumps cases on the rise

13 June 2013

NSW Health is today reminding young adults to check their immunisation status, particularly before they travel overseas amid a rise in the number of cases of mumps being reported in NSW.

Director of Communicable Diseases for NSW Health, Dr Vicky Sheppeard said there were 15 reported cases of mumps during May, most were young adults, and clustered in several regions of NSW. As not everyone who has mumps will see a doctor and have a test, it is likely that there are many more cases of mumps in the community not notified to NSW Health.

Dr Sheppeard said initial symptoms of mumps include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness and headache followed by
  • Swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands, especially near the angle of the jaw.

“To prevent the spread of mumps, children and adults should have two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine also provides good protection against measles and rubella,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Mumps was once a common childhood disease, but most children are now protected due to high vaccination rates. However, a significant number of young adults may have missed receiving two doses of MMR vaccine in childhood, as two doses were not routinely offered until the 1990s.

"Many people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s will not be immune, so it is particularly important they check their status with their doctor and get vaccinated if they are not sure," Dr Sheppeard said.

“Mumps can be quite a serious infection for adults. Complications can include swelling of the testicles in males, and rarely inflammation of the brain, the lining of the brain and spinal cord, pancreatitis and hearing loss. Mumps infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage.”

"Although very rare, mumps can also cause sterility in males.”

Mumps takes two to three weeks to develop after exposure to an infected person, and people are infectious a week before and up to nine days after swelling of the glands.

Mumps is spread when a person breathes in the virus that has been coughed or sneezed by an infectious person, or by direct contact with their saliva.

"This is a timely reminder to parents that immunisation is the best protection against mumps. Children should be vaccinated on time with MMR vaccine at 12 months and again before they turn four years of age," Dr Sheppeard.

For further information please contact your local Public Health Unit or visit the factsheet on NSW Health website: http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets/infectious/mumps.html  

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Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11

Sydney Boys High School
Building personal capacity in gifted boys

Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11
Close 30 July 2013

Application forms available from the school at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010
9361 6910

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