High Notes, Vol 14 No 27, August 30 2013

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From the Principal

Valé Ralph Watson
This week we honoured the passing of our retired Careers Adviser, Ralph Watson. Ralph was a vibrant and unique character who had an abiding love for the ethos of this school. He served as Careers Adviser for 18 years. He took a great interest in many boys over many years as he mentored them towards a vocational future. He established the Careers Market that we hold annually in the Great Hall. He was active as a football and cricket coach during his career. He was widely travelled and internationalist in perspective. He was opinionated, passionate and talkative. His dedication to his sons Willem and Pieter was a centrepiece of his life. He courageously faced his battle with cancer and persisted with his broad smile to the end. We thank him for his contribution to the life of High.

High Talent
Congratulations to the U15 Basketball Knockout team on their success at the recent Regional Finals. They were undefeated and progress to the inter-regional level. Well done to: Rui Gek, Michael Ho, Jason Hong, Youki Kita-Leong, Kelvin Liang, Bovan Lin, Max Menzel, Ethan Merrick, Ben Udler and Anthony Wu.

Summer Sports Selections
Boys have been asked to make their selections for summer sport. Several sports have now set competitive entry standards. All sports are committed to the new Sports Policy and so training accountability will be expected.

Scholarship Applications
Application forms are now available for both the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship and the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship on the school website. These scholarships are open to students who will be enrolled in Sydney Boys High in 2014. Applications close on November 30. I urge more boys to go to the website to find out about the scholarships. Good all-rounders and boys in necessitous circumstances are strongly urged to apply.

Parent Information Evening – Subject Acceleration
Parents and students in Year 9 who are interested in subject acceleration in 2014 and would like to know more about what it is and how it works are invited to an information evening in the Great Hall on Tuesday, September 3. There will be a presentation from 18:00 followed by a Q & A session. We plan to finish by 19:00.

Showcase Concert and Exhibition
Some very interesting and diverse major works were on show in the Great Hall on Monday evening. In particular, the movie made by Marcus James impressed everyone. The students from HSC Music classes also showed off their talents as they performed their examination pieces. Our boys will be assessed for their performances on September 4 for Music 2 and Extension. DT Practicals will be assessed on September 3. Good luck to all candidates!

Lak Saviya Foundation Dinner
This week the Lak Saviya Foundation held a sponsors’ dinner. Sydney Boys High was honoured as a sponsor of the Foundation since its inaugural fund raising parking day in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Our total contribution to the charity exceeds $20,000. We have mainly helped KRMV School which was devastated by the Tsunami. Recently, we have bought musical instruments for a band, funded English lessons for students, supplied hardware for IT learning and helped establish the school library. The charity has donated $350,000 in goods and services to Sri Lankan people since 2004. From water pumps to blood analysis machines, from solar power generators to hospital beds, and from cataract surgery to college scholarships, the Foundation has ‘helped the needy to help themselves’. The most impressive feature of the charity is its administrative costs – less than 1% of funds raised. This statistic illustrates the very high level of volunteer time that makes the charity so effective.  All Year 10 boys for 2014 are asked to carry on this tradition and work hard to raise money for this very worthy cause.  To learn about the charity visit the page on the school website, www.sydneyboyshigh.com/welfare/community-service/year10.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Parent Information Evenings

Year 9 2014 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 9 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2014.

Year 10 2014 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 3 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2014. Subject Acceleration (in subjects such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. In 2014 Year 10 boys will study 3 electives (possibly including an Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2014 will be discussed at the meeting. The main focus of the meeting will be relevant for boys interested in subject acceleration.

Year 11 2014 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 9 September in the Great Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2014.
R Dowdell
Deputy Principal

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From the Canteen

Unfortunately, when we are short of volunteers and do not have the help of the Prefects due to their exams, we cannot open the icecream window straight away as priority must be given to the food windows. We would appreciate if you could be patient and avoid banging on the shutters.

Thanks to the volunteers last week. 

MON: Lynn Chen, Rebecca Tsai, Cole Gu, 
TUES: Sharon Hughes, Jeannie Nyugyen, Sachiyo James,
WED: Franisca Sjahry, Fumiko Hirose – Cheon, Athena Tselonis,
THURS: Kim Ngan Do, Helen Kon, Jian Ping Li,
FRI: Li Yang
The Canteen Team

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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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SHS OBU High Achievers Event

High Achievers, a special Event for High boys and their families, 5 Sept 2013


One of our outstanding former High students said about the High Achievers Event:  'if only there was something like this when I went to School. I am honoured to be asked to speak.'

Our High Achievers' speakers all come from your School. They have volunteered their time to be with you for this Event. This is your opportunity to gain insight from the very best about your future studies and career.

Sign up now. Students and up to 2 family members are FREE if you register at the Event website:


If you do not register, payment at the door is $10/student and family member.

Students who have already paid will receive full refunds after the Event.

Some of our High Achievers:

Dr Louis Wang was the Year 12 Dux in 2000 and went on to win the UNSW Medal for Medicine.

Bruce Ramsay was School Captain in 1977, won the Honour Cap for his all-round talents and is a Partner with legal firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Adam Magro (1988) played rugby for the Wallabies and while working in funds management, is undertaking his PhD in Economics.

Nick Armstrong was School Captain in 2001, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and is CEO and co-founder of COzero, which was ranked first in the BRW Fast 100 in 2011 with revenue growth of over 600%.

Meet, shake hands with and be inspired by these and dozens more outstanding former Sydney Boys’ High School students for the High Achievers Event.

The Panels are designed to stimulate you in the fields of Business, Law, Medicine & Health, Sports, and Science & Engineering. Afterwards, you will meet them, up close and personal.

Bring your smart phones and iPads for our interactive Q&A.

Follow ‘High Achievers’ on Facebook.

And there will be a special prize for one lucky current High student. If you are the first to successfully name all of the High Achievers in the pictures below, you will win a book voucher. Send your answers by email with the Subject line: High Achievers Guessing Competition, to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Go High!

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SBHS Debating

I must inform you all that an administrative oversight means that only a limited number of you received invoices for debating and although I can see that some debaters have made their co-payments without an invoice the vast majority have not. The invoices were sent out last week. I urge you to make your co-payments as soon as possible please.

Last Friday was the last hosting (apart from when we host the Rep debates) of the season.  Despite it not being very successful as far as debating was concerned, the evening went smoothly from an organisational point of view and there were many compliments from our visiting parents and students.

A big thank you to Oliver Long who has worked extremely efficiently and energetically all season to make sure all the behind scenes work is completed. He has led a number of boys each week including Chi, Nathan, Jens and Benjamin. The organisation of Home Debates is not without its stresses but these boys have certainly helped make things a lot easier for me.

A big thank you to Nina Ilina who has worked so hard each week to make sure our suppers are so well coordinated and the talk of the debating circuit.  Any parent who does the right thing by sending their sons in with some supper to share or some money to contribute have helped us in this regard.  On top of that there are a string of junior and senior parents who Nina has thanked along the way who gives up some extra time to either help set up or help clear up.

On Saturday we had parking and we were really pleased with the turnout of parents and students. Thanks to everyone.  I am particularly impressed to see some of you who were at debating on Friday still managed, in spite of all your other commitments, to turn up to help out. 

Harry Ahuja, Harjas Ahuja, Vivien Sutter, Guy Sutter, Shankar Sripathi, Gautham Shankar, Eden Freiburg, Jonathon Frieburg, Ceilia Finnie, Simon Shields, Dawesh Chand,  Nirvan Chand, Lincoln Hui, Tama Widyatamaka, Ron Trent, Tim Trent, Keith Shortridge, Thomas Shortridge, Sulani Balasooriya, Sanishka Balasooriya, Liam Jepson, Brandon Vu, Glynis Bartley, Hugh Bartley, Sunil Sethi and Sunchit Sethi. 

Friday 6th September is the last debate of the season it will be an away debate against St Jospeh’s College. I have arranged transport to take all boys over and the Junior boys back after their debates via Central.   Sunday 8th September is the debating dinner. We have already sold many tickets to this and I expect to sell out BEFORE the closing date which is Monday 2nd September.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating


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Music Notes

“We teach music because it is unique and good. We teach music so that children can make their own music. We teach music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways.”


The combined HSC Showcase Concert on Monday the 26th of August combining works from both Visual Arts and Music which was a success.  Thank you to all boys and staff who helped out on the night. Well done boys! All the best for the HSC!!! =)

Music 1- Tuesday 10th of September (The Great Hall)
Music 2 & Extension- Wednesday 4th of September (The Great Hall)

ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM (unless stated otherwise). PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). To all boys who store their instruments in the music storage room: please place your instruments under the correct labels and make sure you close the door for security purposes.

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 201
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
  Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202 
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 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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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. Shore

With the bye week given to High this week some junior teams were able to get some valuable match experience against Shore before the big Grammar clash. All teams improved from their performance against the same teams two weeks ago.

Team of the week – 16As – Turned around a 43-7 loss two weeks ago to draw with Shore

16As report
The 16As had their second game against the Shore School last weekend. This week we were lucky enough to have Sam Musgrove, Joshua Leo and Michael Hamilton come from 1st grade to play with us again. We came out strong but unfortunately conceded an unconverted try after around ten minutes. However we did turn this back on them and scored about two minutes later. The score remained unchanged for almost the rest of the half, until the last minute where Shore managed to force another try, this time converting it. After a talk from our coaches Rob and Mr Barris at half time, we came back out and scored and converted a try within the first few minutes. With the scores level, the two teams fought it out for another agonising twenty minutes without either team conceding a point. Several close calls came, like after a break and grubber from Sam, but these unfortunately didn’t result in tries. The game ended with scores tied at 12 – 12. Man of the match was Jackson Tan who made many great breaks and some heavy-duty tackles from outside centre. It was a very enjoyable game to play, and helpful in preparing us for our big game against Grammar this coming weekend.
Jesse Nixon
Captain 16As

Upcoming fixtures

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

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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Chess Report

Both our Junior As and our Senior team progressed to the Metropolitan East knock-out Finals against Sydney Grammar School played on Friday 23/8.  Congratulations to all players in the interschool competition.

The Junior Grammar A team switched their board 1 & 2 players for strategic purposes and although on board 2 our James Snow had an unfortunate slow defeat, our Board 1 player, Raymond Li seamlessly dominated his game. On Board 4 Sean Zhang beat his opponent and it was all in the hands of Board 3 Wesley Yu. He had a surefire draw, however instead of opting for perpetual check, he went for a win which resulted in a loss for the team. Although the score was 2-2, due to new tiebreaker regulations, it was an unfortunate loss for our Juniors.

Our Seniors were playing Grammar  neck and neck for almost 1.5 hours. On Board 3 Michael Cui eventually lost under time pressure as did board 4 Ray Cheng while Darryl Chan on board 2 outmanoeuvred his opponent and won with style. It was all down to Board 1 Erix Xu, as winning on board 1 would result in a win under these new tiebreaker rules. Eric had a definite draw but desperately fought for a win by playing riskily and creating pitfalls. He was unable to convert the draw as the opponent caught him out on his bluff, and the Seniors stood 1-3 against Grammar A.
Edward Losiv

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Volleyball Notes

GPS Volleyball Results

% of spikes kept in play 1st 100% Pinyan (2) Gordon (15) 1st 100% Thomas (3)
2nd 89% Ivor (19) 2nd 86% Nick (7)
3rd 87% Yu Peng (15) 3rd 85% Byron (20)  Jason G. (13)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 60% Yu Peng (15) 1st 45% Byron (20)
2nd 43% Kevin L. (7) 2nd 29% Nick (7)
3rd 38% Jonathan (16) 3rd 19% George (16)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 100% Kevin L (4)  Yu Peng (2) 1st 100% Sunchit (5)  Thomas (2) Niyaz (2)
2nd 75% Jonathan (4) 2nd 83% George (12)
3rd 73% Pinyan (11) 3rd 71% Calum (7)
% of blocks that were kills 1st 50% Yu Peng (2)  Kevin L. (4) 1st 60% Sunchit (5)
2nd 36% Pinyan (11) 2nd 50% Niyaz (2)
3rd 25% Jonathan (4) 3rd 33% George (12)
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 100% Jonathan (13) 1st 100% Thomas (2)
2nd 95% Yu Peng (10) 2nd 69% Anes (8)
3rd 88% Ivor (13) 3rd 63% Jason G. (8)

GPS 2nds Report
Friday at Olympic Park came and went, as did our Saturday match against Grammar. They were two disappointing days and it was a shame to end the season on such a low after soaring so high for so long.

With Seconds broken up into a number of separate teams, SBHS C at Olympic Park on Friday faced the tournament without a traditional setter. The best we had were Thomas and myself. Thomas nominated me. While my setting wasn’t too jarring, the largest issue was of consistency and of my tendency to step away from the net while setting, meaning I was setting on an awkward angle. Despite this and the lack of time for our outside and middle hitters to adjust to my style, we succeeded in our match against Cabramatta 2-0, with convincing set scores of 25-15, 25-21. However while we were fuelled by this early victory, our success was not to last. Our next match against Rooty Hill began with a very worrisome loss in the first set, 10-25. While we picked up our game and fought back in the second set, it was still not enough to reclaim what we had lost, and we lost that set too, 21-25. We thought we had our final match against Punchbowl in the bag, but were met with surprise when they took the first set and won, with us down 24-26. While we may have finished the second set with a greater than 2 point lead in the end, the timer went at 20-20 in the second set, with Punchbowl winning by default. It was an unfortunate end to the day, with that being our final match.

Having beat Grammar in our previous match against them, we were eager for another win and to solidify an undefeated GPS status. However despite being at home, we were unprepared despite having the whole team together again after Friday for the level of play and the audience Grammar would bring with them. Despite being up in the first set, Grammar fought back, managing to take the lead themselves and win the first set 21-25. Our serve accuracy was down, as was our communication levels, and our game was suffering as a result. Grammar expertly defended against every one of our balls that wasn’t a spike: effectively turning even the best tip to the back corners into a free ball to use to their advantage. While the second set was closely fought, Grammar took it to the end once more, 20-25. We were down 2-0, and the pressure was on. We played better in the third set, tactically tipping it to the setter or just long of him when forced to, taking advantage of their discovered weakness in covering that area. However while this proved to be successful and our serving and communication had been raised once more, ultimately it was not enough, and we lost the third set 23-25. While it was unfortunate to have lost our undefeated status, Grammar did deserve to win with the level of volleyball they were playing on Saturday. Despite this, we were consoled and were pleased in the knowledge that we were still the GPS Premiers given Grammar’s loss of two matches compared to our one.
Calum York

Mr M. Kay
MIC Volleyball

Junior Star Volleyball Teams

Congratulations to our Junior Star Volleyball Teams (15yr & under), who won both Gold and Silver medals at State Volleyball New South Wales (SVNSW) Schools Cups (Tournament #3) on the 23rd August 2013 (see attached photos).

It is especially exciting for the young Star Team who are 14yr & under. The team has made big progress in a short four months, from winning no games at Tournament #1, to winning two games at Tournament #2, to finally winning four of five games at Tournament #3 and receiving a silver medal for the team.

Congratulations! Thanks for our coach Mr.Michael Kay and every boy in the team.

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Junior Fencing

National School Championships, Brisbane

Landing at Brisbane airport with 6 hours to kill before the start of our competition, the High sabre team decided to watch and support our epee team which started before ours. With the system based on wins/losses and point indicators, we were determined to win at least 2 of its 4 matches and hopefully earn a podium finish. High was hit with a slow start to the competition, losing its first two matches 45-37 and 45-32 to Reddam House and Newington College respectively. With our final two matches against Brisbane A and Brisbane B and in order to finish in the top three, High had to beat Brisbane B persuasively in order to maximise our indicator, but only won marginally 45-42. After three long matches, our bye arrived at the right time, allowing us to refocus and watch how the current competition leader, Brisbane A, fence. As this was the last match of the competition and the one that will decide the top 3, we decided to take advantage of Brisbane A through their weaknesses, and this was done with Marshall claiming 15 points in one bout, giving us a marginal lead, with two bouts to go. Down 40-38 with one bout remaining, Ian fenced extraordinarily earning High a 45-43 victory, but unfortunately High was unable to achieve a podium finish, eight indicator points behind third placed Newington. YiuTao Wong
Senior Fencing Coach

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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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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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