High Notes, Vol 14 No 21, July 19 2013

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From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 3
I hope that all staff and students enjoyed a relaxing break and that we are all ready for another busy term. Welcome back Kerryn Ibbott from maternity leave. Congratulations to Evan Higgins on his appointment to the English Faculty. In term 3 Year 12 gear up for their Trial HSC examinations and Year 11 prepare for their Preliminary exams at the end of term. Our busy winter sports season is in full swing, along with debating and chess. I look forward to a challenging time ahead.

High Talent
At the All Schools target rifle shooting competition at Malabar last weekend, High was successful. Congratulations to; Wilbert Wu, Dominic Tran, Bill Deng, Jeremy Chan and Terry Fong. Jeremy Chan won King of the Range for the best individual shooter. At the GPS Shooting Carnival this week, High was successful in second grade for the first time in the school’s history. We have been competing since 1918 and have finally won the shield! Congratulations to: Evan Han, Sam Phillis, Nick. Phillis, Keller Huang, Ciaran Farrell, John Huang, James Jian and Jack Zhou. The Buchanan Shield is a most imposing trophy which was last won by High in 2001. We have it back again due to the efforts of our first grade team of: Wilbert Wu, Dominic Tran, Bill Deng, Jeremy Chan,  Timothy Tran, Terry Fong , Minghao Wu and Desmond Chiang.Regrettably, High could not retain its co-premiership from last year, losing to Scots by just one point – 17-16. In the Combined GPS rifle shooting team Wlbert Wu was selected as captain, with Dominic Tran and Terry Fong also chosen on their performances overall in the two days of GPS competition. Congratulations, boys!

Connor Robinson, Wilber Koslowski and Riley Irwin were selected in the Combined High Schools Debating team. Well done, boys! A great effort was made by volunteer collectors for Red Nose Day – over $10,000 was collected in the city and at school. Thank you to all, but particularly Chris Yu (Year 11) for organising the event. Good luck to our intermediate and senior Theatre Sports team who will be competing in the NSW schools grand final on Sunday.

Telephone System
A new telephone system was installed during the holidays which will improve communication into and within the school. In particular, voicemail can go straight to email so that messages can be received by staff who are unavailable to take external calls. The system is integrated into our network, allowing many more connections and handsets to be installed. I want to thank our tech gurus, James Rudd and David Isaacs, for devoting all of the holidays to the complex and demanding task of simultaneously installing a new telephone system while also upgrading the network hub in the main office – a Herculean task! John Prorellis managed the project with his usual precision and dedication. We have expanded capacity and improved the speed of our network as a result of this project. Our new numbers are:  telephone 96629300, facsimile 96629310.

Painting and carpeting
Most of term 2 was disrupted in corridors and rooms by our contractors preparing surfaces and painting them. New carpets have been laid in several areas and we have two rooms left to go. The ground and first floor corridors of the main building look much cleaner and brighter as a result. I hope that all of us in term 3 will get a break from the smell of drying paint. I thank staff and students for their patience, resilience and forbearance during the refurbishment period.

The Judy Cassab Gallery
During the holidays Jenni May organised to have the collection of paintings kindly donated by Judy Cassab hung in the McDonald Wing stairwell. The Boardroom painting was added to round out the collection. There are now 14 artworks brightening up McDonald Wing. The transport and hanging costs were paid for from the Ethel Killip Memorial Trust Fund. The new artworks will be added to the Trust.
Dr K A Jaggar

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The GPS season starts on 26th July with a home debate against Scots. Here is some useful information regarding GPS. If our name is first then we are hosting. Each week the GPS A team will debate and then the B1 and B2 teams will rotate.

26 July SBHS v TSC
2 Aug TKS v SBHS
9 Aug SBHS v Shore
16 Aug SIC v SBHS
23 Aug SBHS v SGS
30 Aug SBHS v NC
6 Sep SJC v SBHS

I have booked the school bus for our away debates and would like a $5 contribution to the cost of this. The bus will return to school via Central after the Junior debates are finished. For Home debates please remember to bring a plate of food to share for supper and I would encourage parents to help Nina and Reeta, our supper coordinators, by either preparing the food or by cleaning up afterwards.

Here are the GPS speaking times. Please note there has been a change to the Year 10 speaking times. This is in response to the concerns of SBHS about too short a speaking time.

Year 7: 3 - 4 minutes
Year 8: 3 - 4 minutes
Year 9: 4 - 5 minutes
Year 10: 5 - 6 minutes
1st – 3rd: 5 - 7 minutes

Warning bells rung one minute after the maximum times above indicate excessive length. The bell is to be rung precisely TEN times. Adjudicators do not write after the maximum time has been reached.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 debaters must arrive at 5.45pm, ready for preparation to begin at 5.55pm. Junior debates will commence at 6.45pm.  Even if prep does not begin at 6.00pm, these debates must commence at 6.45pm to free adjudicators for later debates.

Senior Debaters (Firsts, Seconds and Thirds) must arrive at 6.30pm, ready for preparation to begin at 6.45pm. Open debates start at 7.45pm (prep having begun at 6.45pm).

Where the arrival of debaters is delayed, discretion may be used in reducing prep time. Please note that the prep times for Juniors is 45 minutes and that Year 10 (in GPS) is included as a Junior Debate.

GPS does not have a presentation at the end, but what you should do is mark 7th September in your diaries as this will be our Debating Dinner when each coach will be awarding a prize to a student in their group.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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From the Canteen

Hope everyone had a happy and restful break.

Thank you to the volunteers for the last week of term 2.

MON:     Pam Jepson, Sam Guo
TUES:    Agnes leo, Angela Feng,Huiyu (Jade) Ni,
WED :    Sally Allingham, Sabrina Xu, Helen Kon, Anna Goh, Jeannie Nguyen Vye
THURS: Kim Ngan Do, Lin Jin, Maria Farrell,  Jian Ping li
FRI:        Anne Forday, Frances Salmon, Emily Yang , Li Yang
The Canteen Team

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Music Notes

Congratulations to our Sydney Boys Marching Band! We were placed 2nd under Section 4: Junior Brass & Concert. Thank you and well done to all the boys who marched on Anzac Day =)

During the Term 2 break, music staff and HSC music students came in during the holidays for composition and performance workshops. Well done to all the boys who came in the holidays as it was a success. =)

A reminder to all HSC music boys to start refining both compositions and performances.

Composition recording dates: 23rd & 24th of August. Compositions must be FINISHED 2 weeks prior to the recording date as performers need time to practise.

Performance Trial: 5th & 6th of August (Great Hall)

Composition Recording: 23rd & 24th of August

Please check the timetable and arrive ON TIME! There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM (unless stated otherwise). Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required. PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not left to one or two boys. THANK YOU boys for your co-operation! Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes, is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your music tutor happy. Practice makes PERFECT!!!!!

The 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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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit    

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

Holiday training

The holiday training was very successful with good numbers turning out for the lower age groups. With the last trial game of the season this weekend it should be a good chance to see how the teams have been progressing.

The photos [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] show the opposed training that went on during the holidays against Cranbrook. It was a very successful training session for the 1st XV with a good opportunity for the boys to try out there moves against a formidable opposition leading into the remainder of the season.

Upcoming fixtures

20th of July – Kinross Wolaroi (H) – Trial
27th of July – Kings (H)
3rd of August – Newington (H)

Mr G. Barris
MIC Rugby

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Rifle Shooting

Training Week 7-12 July

With the expectation of freezing weather and windy conditions, the members of the Sydney High Rifle Team were all ecstatic to start the week of training in Canberra. Old Boys Sam Kremer, Joe Banh, Ishan Nadkarni, Daniel Comben, David Chan, Anthony Xu, Jacky Yang, Brendan Leo, and Yujin Wu acted as our coaches and mentors.

The conditions in Canberra were much harsher than Hornsby, where we would compete for the GPS Premiership. Training in unpredictable wind and rain meant that shooters and wind coaches were challenged, yet exceptional scores were posted. In particular, John Huang posted his first two possibles (both 50.7), Minghao Wu posted his first possible (50.4), and Terry Fong posted his first possible (50.5), an excellent effort from all three! The conditions worsened on Thursday, the day of our training for All Schools Competition, where a heavy fog prevented us from shooting until 10am. Once the fog lifted, however, the efforts of our training showed, with some inspirational scores posted. The whole fullbore shooting squad worked hard during training week and left Canberra with promising developments.

The Fiona Reynolds All Schools Match 13th July

The team was primed and ready to take on the Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match upon arrival at the ANZAC Rifle Range in Malabar at 7:30. The teams were announced with high expectations after the exceptional results of our week of training. The three teams were as follows: “Sydney High Foxtrot” with Terry Fong, Jeremy Chan, Bill Deng, Dominic Tran, and Wilbert Wu (Captain); “Sydney High Tango” with John Huang, Evan Han, Jack Zhou, Minghao Wu, and Timothy Tran (Captain); “Sydney High Whiskey” with Ciaran Farrell, Keller Huang, Desmond Chiang, Nick Phillis, Sam Phillis, and James Jiang (Captain). The competition consisted of three matches of 10 shots, at 300m, 500m, and 600m.

Focusing on one shot at a time, we easily dominated the first range, acquiring a 10 point lead and striking awe into our competitors’ hearts. Congratulations to Terry Fong and Jeremy Chan, who shot 49.4 and 49.3, respectively. However, we didn’t fare as well on the second range, where the terrain between our position on the mound and the target channelled the wind in unpredictable ways. Despite this challenge, Sydney High Foxtrot came second at the 500m range, just one point behind TAS. Finally, at the 600m range, Sydney High Foxtrot placed third at that range, 6 points behind TAS and a single point behind Scots. With a grand aggregate of 713.54, Sydney High Foxtrot won the All Schools Match 4 points ahead of TAS (709.43) and 13 points ahead of NEGS (700.39), giving us a glimpse of our opponents’ strength ahead of the GPS shoot.

GPS Day 1

The Sydney High Rifle Team had high expectations after the win at All Schools coming into the GPS competition. We were greeted with clear weather and little wind at Hornsby Rifle Range, perfect conditions for a shoot. 1st & 2nd Grade was announced at the beginning of the day, with 1st grade for the first day consisting of: Wilbert Wu (12) as captain, Dominic Tran (12) as vice-captain, Bill Deng (12), Jeremy Chan (11), Terry Fong (11), Minghao Wu (11), Timothy Tran (10), Desmond Chiang (10), Sam Phillis (11), and Jack Zhou (10) and 2nd grade comprised with: James Jiang (8) as captain, Nick Phillis (10) as vice-captain, Sam Phillis (11), Jack Zhou (10), Evan Han (10), Keller Huang (10), Ciaran Farrell (9), and John Huang (9). It was 1st grade competing that day for the Rawson Cup, two matches of 7 shots at 500m & 600m, and the NRA Shield, a single 10 shot match. 1st grade performed well at the first range, though met difficulty at the second, which resulted in High placing 3rd for the Rawson cup. At the 10 shot match at 600m, the 1st team picked themselves up and posted great scores, in particular a perfect 50 out 50 with 5 centres by Terry Fong. Though the team put up a valiant effort, we lost to Scots by only 1 point, placing us second in the NRA match, and 2nd overall in the Premiership for the day.

GPS Day 2

The morning of Day 2 of the GPS Shoot was 2nd grade’s turn to compete for their premiership. The 2nd grade team was the strongest High has ever produced in a long time, and this reflected in their performance at the first stage of their competition, a 7 shot match at 500m. Remarkably, their total was only 1 point behind that of what 1st grade scored on the first day at the same range. This strong performance followed onto to the second 7 shot match at 300m. 2nd grade had built an unassailable lead on the other GPS schools early on, and though they were met with time constraints towards the end, they managed to beat the clock with a grand aggregate of 524 with 32 centres and taking the 2nd Team Premiership Match for 2013. This is the first time High has ever achieved this in the school’s history at the competition. Highest individual score from the second grade team & the 2nds Premiership Match overall was 69 with 6 centres out of 70 by both Sam Phillis and Ciaran Farrell.

Although 1st grade was down by 8 championship points from the leader, we were not ready to give in to defeat and proceeded that day with the intention to win the Buchanan Shield. This was a feat that has occurred only three times in the shield’s long history, with the last time being 12 years ago. We began with a single 8 shot match at 300m. By the end of it, High was behind TAS and Shore by a handful of points and so it all came down to the second stage, the snap shoot. Notable scores in the snap included 7/1 shot by Wilbert Wu, the highest that was posted for the snap shoot overall. 1st grade had taken the lead midway through the stage and maintained that lead till the end, making High the winners of the Buchanan Shield with a grand aggregate of 587 with 15 centres. This placed us 2nd overall in the 1st Grade Premiership, only to be beaten by 1 championship point by the winners, Scots. High managed to get three shooters selected into the GPS Combined Team - Wilbert Wu, Dominic Tran, and Terry Fong, with Wilbert becoming captain of the combined team.

Thanks to all the coaches who trained the team to such a high standard, especially Sam Kremer and Ishan Nadkarni who were there from the first smallbore session for the year all the way to the last day of GPS. Thanks must also go to Joe Banh, Daniel Comben, Matthew Tong, Johan Santoso, Peter Tran, Brendan Leo, Ryan Woo, Yujin Wu for all the coaching and support at training camp and GPS.

We would also like to give a big thank you to all the parents who endured the early mornings to support our shooters, as well as for preparing the food and hosting the famous Sydney High lunches and dinners. Thank you also to our MIC Cathy Meaney for running the shooting program and all the support during All Schools and GPS, without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks to Dr Jaggar for supporting our sport, it is always uplifting to have him attending the competitions. Finally, thanks to all the competitors from TAS, NEGS, Kings, Scots, Grammar, Shore, and Newington for making the competition possible. It’s great fun competing and we’ll definitely be back next year!

Wilbert Wu
Captain of Rifles

Dominic Tran
Vice-Captain of Rifles

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TheatreSports Grand Finals




Over 100 teams from high schools across NSW took part. Now it’s down to the top 16.

SEE Sydney Boys High

battle it out to be the 2013 state champions in the


2pm - Intermediate Division (Yrs 9 & 10)
5pm - Senior Division (Yrs 11 & 12)

See your fellow students create comedy scenes on the spot from surprise offers with no preparation time.

It’s like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” live on stage.

Adults $35, Concessions $25 or $90 for a family (save $30)

Book through www.ticketek.com.au

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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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