High Notes, Vol 14 No 26, August 23 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Thank you to Sharek Khan (Year 11) for coordinating the Jeans for Genes Day morning collection by 87 High boys who raised $13,954.85 for the cause. Thank you to Mr Hannon for volunteering his time, too.

Enrolment 2014 progress
Lists of offers and acceptances for Year 7 2014 have been received from the High Performing Students Unit. The process of assessment of applications, data entry, ranking, assessors meetings and interviews for prospective enrolments for 2014, has mostly been completed. Some places have to be reserved if appeals have been notified. Offer letters and Reserve List letters have been sent.

Year 12 Students
Year 12 boys are currently in the midst of their Trial HSC examinations. HSC practical exams for drama have been completed and HSC music composition recording times are scheduled. Major works are due to be submitted for visual arts and DT students. It is a busy and stressful time for our boys. Year 12 parents should have received a letter from the Principal containing information about arrangements after the Trial HSC, the procedure for N awards, scholarship deadlines, reference process and final portfolios and warnings about the consequences of unacceptable behaviour in the last weeks of school. If you haven’t received such a letter, please contact me and I will have one faxed or emailed to you.

Facilities maintenance
DEC has approved funding for drainage works and resurfacing of a section of Cutler Drive in between the boom gates. The works are estimated to cost about $30,000. This area is in serious disrepair and this injection of funds is most welcome. Another critical area of need is the set of windows on the ground floor of Killip Wing facing west. We are negotiating with the Assets Management people for a quotation to repair, encapsulate or replace the ground floor windows. This task will consume all of the remaining maintenance funds allocated to the school for 2013.

‘Tell Them From Me’
I am happy about the level of response to this survey. As of Wednesday, over 450 boys had accessed their user names and passwords in order to complete the survey. The last chance to have your say in the survey is Monday, August 26. Year 12 boys in particular are urged to access their user names and passwords and join in. Two Award Scheme points should be an incentive for some!
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian.  If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.  Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9662 9300 and dial “1” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly.  Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.


If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave.  Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave.  Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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SBHS Debating

At Riverview on Friday we were troubled with ill health which meant that Andrew Liu stepped from Thirds into Firsts. I really thank him for doing this and by all accounts he did a great job, but unfortunately we narrowly lost on a split decision.

I was lucky enough to watch two of the 8/12 winning debates on Friday. The Year 9s were a formidable team showing a great knowledge of current affairs when debating the negative on the topic 'That the police should break up peaceful protests on private land.'   I was very impressed with the standard shown, boys - keep up the great work and it just shows how useful regularly watching The Project is!  All humour aside, it is crucial that debaters keep up to date with current affairs and the news by reading, listening to and watching quality news programmes.

In the Seniors I was happy to see Jonathon, Lokesh and Riley working so well together as a team. Their debating styles are very different, but highly complementary and they have a well deserved unbeaten streak in GPS so far. The topic "That the Police should carry Tasers instead of Guns" was well negated by our team and I thought it was an extremely high quality debate.

Thank you also to Nick Phillis who took Andrew's place in the Thirds team and debated alongside his brother, Sam and Daniel Fang and scored a win. Very well done, boys. I know it is pretty stressful having to debate up - especially at the last minutes, but it is excellent practice for debating and in life!

We have three more debates to go and this week is our last Home Debate and it is always the most exciting of the season because we will be debating Grammar.  The following week we are at Newington and boys will be expected to make their own way there and in the final week against St Joseph’s I have ordered a bus again.

Remember to get your tickets for the Debating Dinner as they are selling fast. Also we desperately need help for Parking on Saturday at 12.15. Please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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From the Junior Library

The draw will be posted on the Junior Library Noticeboard by lunchtime and the new draw posted up after each session. 15 minute blitz chess games will be judged by our Chess experts.  Timers will be used. The competition is sudden death. All Years may enter. Chess club competitors are asked not to enter. The competition will begin at lunchtime and continue at afternoon tea time.

Mrs Crothers has now read Burning Eddy, The Dead I Know and Happy as Larry and has been delighted to find each book a totally new experience

English classes will be withdrawn in the following order on this day:

Time beginning 10.10
Period 2 – M/s Barr’s class 9En1
Period 3 - Mr Beringer’s class 9En2 and Mr Wright’s class 9En3
Period 4 – Mr Higgins class 9En6 and Mr Walker’s class 9En7
Period 5 – M/s Barry’s class 9En4 and Ms Mack’s class 9En5
Mrs V Crothers
Teacher Librarian

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SBHS ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Program

In 2014 students in Year 9 will be requested to bring their own computing device to school every day.

This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program replaces the Digital Education Revolution scheme that has ended.

What is BYOD?

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a technological trend in education and in the corporate world.

BYOD recognises that technology and choices about technology are very much personal.

BYOD acknowledges technology in education means more than meeting specific curriculum requirements.

BYOD is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.

How will it work?

In 2014 students in Year 9 will be expected to bring their own computing device to school every day.

We will be making recommendations later this year as to the model of device you may choose to bring.

Or you can bring something of your own choosing that meets our Device Specification.

There is also some software that you have must on the device. In most cases there are free options for software.

You will be required to sign a User Charter that sets out how the device can be used at school.

A member of the school staff, the Bring Your Own Device Service Officer, will be available to answer questions and to give assistance.

However, the school does not manage, support, own or warranty the device - it's your device.

Find out more

A letter has been sent to families of Year 8 students to launch the Bring Your Own Device program.

Visit the Sydney Boys High School BYOD Program Portal to learn about device and software requirements, view the policy drafts and see answers to common parental concerns:


You can send questions, comments and feedback to:

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SHS OBU High Achievers Event

Senior students, this is your opportunity to gain valuable insights from some of our School’s leading old boy ‘High Achievers’ at a special event at the School on Thursday, 5 September 2013.

This special evening of presentations and discussions, conducted by the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union, will enable current students and your parents to mix with and seek advice from successful old boys in business, medicine, law, public service, sport and other fields.

Hear these High Achievers talk about their lives, particularly their experiences at university, in their careers and in the community. They will discuss their motivations and how they overcame adversities to become successful.

You can’t afford to miss this informative and valuable evening:

  • Hear from High Achievers how they did it
  • Learn how to motivate yourself and address challenges
  • Meet potential mentors who can help you apply your talents
  • Discuss your future with leaders in business, the professions and the community
  • Connect with the unrivalled High alumni network.

This is a rare chance to network with a large gathering of successful old boys, together at your School, eager to talk to you, their future High alumni. Take the time to consider your future and how to become a High Achiever.

Places are limited. Register now to avoid missing out:

When: Thursday, 5 September 2013 from 5:30 to 8.30pm
Where: The Great Hall at SBHS
Tickets: Student $21; Student & one family member $42; Student & 2 family members $52 (includes light food & refreshments).

Register or seek more information at www.bighighobuevent.org.au

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Message from the Sportsmaster

Summary of Sports Policy and Follow up Procedures

Summer sport selections are coming up very soon. Ensure you fully understand what is expected of you if you sign up to a Saturday AAGPS sport.  The full sports policy is on the schools website under the ‘Sports’ dropdown menu. http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/sport/sport-policy

  • If you sign up to a sport you are expected to commit to that sport for the whole season
  • All students are to nominate via the online system for the sport and your preferred team; however, final team selections will be subject to selection trials.
  • If you select a Saturday AAGPS sport- and you are successful in making a team you are expected to attend all of the training sessions
    • A/B teams- 3 training sessions a week (including 1 sport session)
    • C/D/E/F teams- 2 training sessions a week (including 1 sport session)
    • All other sports- 2 training sessions a week (including 1 sport session)
    • Weights/Sprints etc are counted as a session
    • The MIC of your sport will inform you of when/where your training sessions are. This information will also be in your student portal
  • Saturday Absence- If you are absent from Saturday due to a legitimate reason:
    • If you know ahead of time- speak to the MIC of your sport and tell your coach
    • Go to student portal and submit that you will be absent in the week leading up to the match
    • or a minimum of one hour before your game starts on a Saturday
    • Follow this up with a note from your parent/doctor explaining the absence
    • Put the note inside the ‘Saturday Absences’ box outside the PDHPE office by 9am sharp on the following Monday morning
    • Make sure the note has your full name, roll class and dates for your absence
  • Training absence- if you are absent from a training session
    • Bring a note and place it in the ‘Training Absences’ box outside the PDHPE office by 9am the next day you are at school.
    • What if you are injured/sick over a longer period of time? – Ensure the note has the full and accurate details on it including your name, roll class, start date & finish date for the absence
  • Training days
    • Most training sessions outside of school hours will occur on a Monday, Wednesday (Years 7-9) and Thursday (Years 10-12). Ensure you make these times available for your team training sessions.

Mr M Pavone

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Volleyball Notes

GPS Volleyball Results

Opposition: Newington College


1st Grade 25-5  25-22 25-19
2nd Grade 25-22  17-25  25-8  25-21
16's 21-9  21-17  21-11
Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 100% Ivor (15) Kevin L. (6)  1st 100% George (16) Sunchit (5)
2nd 88% Yu Peng (17) 2nd 88% Niyaz (17)  Nick (8)
3rd 67% Jonathan (12) 3rd 78% Jason G. (9)
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 65% Yu Peng (17) 1st 67% Calum (15)
2nd 50% Kevin L. (6)  George (2) 2nd 50% Thomas (4)
3rd 45% Gordon (11) 3rd 44% Jason G. (9)
% of spikes kept in play 1st 100% Pinyan (3) 1st 100% Sunchit (8)  Nick (4)
2nd 91% Jonathan (11) 2nd 91% Byron (11)
3rd 90% Gordon (10) 3rd 89% Raycole (9)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 100% Pinyan (3) 1st 64% Byron (11)
2nd 70% Gordon (10) 2nd 50% Nick (4)  Thomas (4)
3rd 64% Jonathan (11) 3rd 48% George (29)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 75% Gordon (4) 1st 100% George (5) Sunchit (3)
Thomas (2)  Niyaz (2)  Nick (3)
2nd 67% Jonathan (3) 2nd 75% Byron (4)
3rd - - 3rd - -
% of blocks that were kills 1st 33% Jonathan (3) 1st 100% Niyaz (2) Nick (3)
2nd - - 2nd 67% Sunchit (3)
3rd - - 3rd 25% Byron (4)
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 94% Jonathan (8) 1st 75% Calum (6)
2nd 88% Ivor (4) 2nd 53% Anes (19)
3rd 81% Yu Peng (8) 3rd 50% Sunchit (3)

GPS 2nds Report
Last Saturday 2nd Grade volleyball played Newington in our rematch for the season. Having defeated them previously 3-0, we were confident in our ability to recreate those results. Beating them in the first set 25-22, we expected the opposition to begin falling apart as they had previously. However, with a few tactical errors and a mix up in the rotation, we quickly began to lose the lead in the second set and were unable to get it back, and the Newington team took the second set 17-25 and had equalised. Our communication had dropped and our passing and hitting ability with it, preferring to take the safer option to tip rather than to spike the ball down. However, having identified these problems we successfully picked up our game in the third set, replying to Newington by demolishing them 25-8.

The Newington team on Saturday nonetheless was quite different to the guys we had played in the first round of the GPS, managing to maintain their morale and ability well into the 4th set. While this was the case, we managed to pull ahead early on and take the set with a decent four point lead, 25-21, and in the process securing the match 3-1. Still undefeated, our next match remains as our toughest challenge against Grammar in the final round of the season.
Calum York

Mr M Kay
MIC Volleyball

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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 Joeys

Going to St.Joseph’s is always a difficult day for an opposition school. It was no different for Sydney High last weekend with all teams facing tough games. The standout performance of the weekend was the 15As who came from behind to defeat the St.Joseph’s 15Cs. The 13As and 14As did very well against tougher opponents, playing Bs instead of Cs.

Team of the week – 15As – Came back from 15-14, to win 19-14
Play of the week –.Oliver Lethbridge’s soccer try. Dribbling for 50 metres before placing the ball over the line

15As match report
The Saturday morning saw us having our annual face off with the St. Josephs College 15Cs side, and although the distance delayed some people, we had all arrived expecting a good match of rugby. The security guards enclosing the compound could not contain the electric atmosphere surrounding our presence, as we warmed up with extreme content and focus, preparing our bodies, minds and souls for the excruciating challenge that we knew was awaiting us.

The whistle blew, and our battle cries were heard by many far and wide, following the beats of our triumphant footsteps towards our opponent, leaving our opponents with such dread that their once strong legs were quivering. The housekeeping was done, and we got down to brass tacks, as we held our almighty formation awaiting the high ball soaring through the skies, eventually landing within our grasps.

The match was rough and unforgiving from the start, and we found ourselves mercilessly defending in our territory, a very unfavourable tactical position. Eventually, a tireless campaign by Joeys towards our try line paid off, and they found themselves leading on the scoreboard after a failed conversion attempt, leaving the scores at 0-5. This struck the team hard, and redemption was sought by all of our players, as we had tasted defeated too many times, and we were not looking forward to it again.

The kick off saw a new team playing on the field, with speed, agility and aggression. Our subsequent phases and dominant rucking saw us quickly advance in the field, playing the better game of rugby. We were rewarded with a try by Ethan Merrick, our standing fly half, using the wide ball off the ruck to weave through the defence, which was hastily converted with superb execution by Oliver Lethbridge. The momentum kept up, as another try was scored through our team efforts, again converted, leaving the scores at 14-5, a decent advantage heading into halftime.

The break was necessary but brief, as rehydration under the heating sun was the main concern for a team only halfway through the battle. We kicked off into the wind, a factor that would be extremely relevant in the finishing moments of the game. Our spirits were challenged, as try attempts were held off as long as possible with several heroic attempts, a special mention going to Kevin Fan with his spectacular fly kick, ejecting the ball from the hands of an attacker. However, St. Joseph’s managed to score two tries against us, luckily both un-converted, putting them in the lead by a nail biting single point. 

The scrums were uncontested after half time, and several scrums within 20 metres of our try line saw several try attempts by Joeys being blocked by our remarkable defenders. The ball was ours once again however, and we were picking up momentum. Several forward runs got the ball rolling, and gaps opened up on the outside which were remarkably found by our fullback Anthony Zhang, who combined again with our inside centre Oliver to score the try that put us ahead.

The conversion being missed left the scores at a tight 19-15, putting them within winning range of a try, not exactly the safest position to be in. The last play was announced, and a scrum won by our opposition left us in a dangerous situation. The defensive line rushed in with haste, forcing the opposing fly half to kick the ball. But the strong wind carried the ball, luckily, past the dead ball line, and as the referee blew his whistle, we knew that victory had been secured, and we let our tired bodies rest as we congratulated our worthy opposition, and could walk away from the field with a triumphant and satisfying victory against St Joseph’s College.
J Katafono
15As captain

Upcoming fixtures

24th of August – Shore (H)
31st of August – Grammar (H)
7th of September – Scots (A)

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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SBHS 2013 Rugby Dinner

Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby

WHEN? Friday 13 September 2013.  6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.

Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters.
Players to wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.

To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime. 

COST? $30 per person.
Payable to the school office by Monday 9 September.

Maximum seating 220.

Soft drinks and mineral water provided. 


The 2013 Rugby Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Football: The World Game

 End of Season Dinner

High Football would like to cordially invite all players, parents and supporters of SBHS Football to the

End of Season Dinner
Saturday 14th of September
6:00pm for a 6:30 pm start
The Great Hall

It is a fantastic chance to celebrate the 2013 season with teammates and coaching staff.

There will prizes awarded for Player of the Season, Golden Boot, Golden Glove as well as the coveted Dolan Cup for best High Football Team.

Tickets are $30 per person, payable to the Main Office. Seats are strictly limited so make sure you and your teammates get in early to secure a spot. Payments close on Wednesday 10th September or when sold out.

Vegetarian and halal meal options available. Soft drinks will be provided for players.

Committee Meetings

There will be a committee meeting held in room 901 (upstairs in the gymnasium) on Monday, 26th August at 6:00pm. All parents and supporters are welcome.

The final committee meeting of the season will be held on Monday, 16th September at 6:00pm. This will serve as High Football’s 2013 season review, looking at topics including:

Coaching  -  Grounds  -  Co-Payments  -  Staffing  -  Fundraising  -  Committee Structure

All parents and supporters are welcome and all feedback will be helpful to give direction to the SBHS Football Program in 2014 and beyond. If you are unable to attend, all feedback should be directed to the MIC Matt Mulroney This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2013

Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting

WHEN? Sunday, 15th September 2013, 12:30pm

WHERE? The Great Hall, SBHS

WHO? Rifle Students (compulsory) , parents, coaches and supporters.
Dress-Full school uniform for students, smart casual for visitors

To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and support staff.

COST? $35/person. Payable to the school office by Wednesday 4th September. 


The End of Season Rifle Luncheon RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Sydney Boys High School 2013 Debating Dinner

Date: Sunday 8th September, 2013
: The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
: 6pm
: Adults $30, Students $20, Children 11 years and under $15
: Adults may bring alcohol
Tickets: Available from the Front Office

Ticket sales close Monday 2nd September, 2013

*Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in ‘The Great Debate’!*

The SBHS 2013 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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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

Open Day Parent Volunteers

SBHS Open Day is coming soon on Thursday 5th September, from 9.30am to 12.00pm. Any parents able to help serve tea and coffee and provide encouragement and a friendly face to our prospective new parents can contact Sachiyo James at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone on 0403482530

Phillip Day Memorial Dinner

To date, the P&C have arranged for one table of ten to attend the Phillip Day Memorial Dinner. The school would like to ensure the future of the scholarship and we ask any interested parents to contact Mr. Barris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the P&C at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible.

The dinner is being held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 4 September at 7:00pm.  The cost of the dinner is $65 per head and the guest speaker will be Karl Kruszcelnicki, Class of 2005, University Medallist (2012).  Please support this most worthy cause.

OBU High Achievers Evening

On Thursday 5th September, from 5.30-8.30pm in the Great Hall at the School, the SHS Old Boys Union is running a special evening of presentations and discussions for current senior students and parents to mix with, and seek advice from, successful old boys in Business, Law, Medicine & Health, Engineering & Science, Public Service, Sport and other fields. Speakers include

  • Dr Louis Wang - Year 12 Dux in 2000 and winner of the UNSW Medal for Medicine
  • Bruce Ramsay - School Captain in 1977, winner of the Honour Cap for his all-round talents and now a Partner with legal firm, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Adam Magro -  1988, played rugby for Australia and now, while working in funds management, undertaking his PhD in Economics
  • Nick Armstrong - School Captain in 2001, Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and CEO and co-founder of COzero, which was ranked first in the BRW Fast 100 growth companies in 2011 with revenue growth of over 600%.

For more information regarding this evening, please go to the event website at www.bighighobuevent.org.au

August  P&C General Meeting

Thank you to the parents who attended the August P&C General Meeting.  Topics of discussion included detailed updates on the Governors Centre and Transport for NSW’s light rail project.  Both of these projects will have a significant impact on our school over the coming years and parents are encouraged to attend General meetings to keep informed on these and other issues.

The next P&C general meeting will be held on Monday 9 September at 7:30pm in the staff common room.

Upcoming Parking Events

Saturday 24 August 3:05pm – Saints v West Tigers (Debating Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 9 September.

Ian Sweeting

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From the Canteen

Unfortunately Canteen has lost a few volunteers this term due to changes in work commitments.  If you have any time that you could volunteer at the canteen, please contact Karen or Tracey on Ph: 9360 4027. We especially need volunteers on a  Monday.

Thanks to the volunteers last week as we are busier without  the help of the Prefects due to their exams.

MON: Carolyn Pope, Tina Chang,
TUES: Lina Bai, Xiao Li Wang,  Penny Chan,
WED: Jim O'Sullivan, Julie Zhu, Wei Dong,
THURS: Ming Ming Lee, Pit Trent, Min Strauss,
FRI: Stam Farugia, Holly Jiang, Shilpa Punekar, Theo Tsiribas
The Canteen Team

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From the Office Cashier

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).

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SBHS Open Day 2013

An invitation to prospective parents and students. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action. If you have siblings or friends in Years four and five who are interested in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information.

Open Day

Thursday 5 September
9:30am - 12:00 noon

Sydney Boys High School
Building personal capacity in gifted boys

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Ph: 9662 9300

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