High Notes, Vol 14 No 39, December 06 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to Jayden and Luke Schofield, Alexander Hossain, Timothy and Ron Trent and Andrew Nam, who gave up their time to do parking last weekend for the Bushfire Appeal. They raised $2694 for the cause. Great job by the young first grade tennis team to beat Scots 5:4 in a hard fought contest last weekend.

The section of Cutler Drive from the end of the main building to Cleveland Street has been refurbished. A dish drain on each side of a properly laid roadway was added to help the drainage problem we have in extreme weather events. Turf was laid on both sides of the road to try to hold the soil and the dish drain in place. Extra turf was laid in various places around the school, particularly in the area next to Room 801 and the basketball courts. The project was financed from the DEC maintenance budget for the school and cost $67k. Our challenge now is to keep the water up to the new turf until it takes.

Boost for the Building Fund
One Old Boy and one Year 12 parent made generous donations to the Governors Centre project recently. An injection of $35,000 into the Fund was most welcome. Importantly it was a show of faith that a worthwhile project for the school should be supported. As the site investigation and design work commences in the new year, I am hoping that more parents and Old Boys will get on board to add to the Fund. Parent contributions, external fund raising and interest this financial year have added $675,000 to the total available for the Governors Centre Project. I want to thank everyone who made a donation. At present the projected timeline is: 2014 – Appoint a Project Manager and design team, develop a detailed design and obtain a Development Application; 2015 – establish the full project specifications and costs and complete fundraising, commence the tender process and appoint the builder, award the contract and commence construction; 2016 complete the project. We would appreciate assistance from parents with corporate contacts that might have a ‘fit’ with the project or from parents with connections to Old Boys who might be approached with a promotions package. Year 7 parents should be inspired by the possibility of their sons using the new facility in Year 12. It would be really good if a higher percentage of parents contributed directly to the Sydney High School Building Fund or signed up to the Monthly Giving Scheme, as some members of our own staff have for years. This year monthly donations contributed $49,000 to the Building Fund.

Basketball Working Bee
New backboards, rings and nets were recently installed on the outdoor courts. The Basketball Committee put in the labour on a Sunday to ensure that our boys have the best possible outdoor training and competition facility. I want to thank Ben Hayman and his volunteers for their efforts on behalf of the boys.

Budget Summary
The total income from school and community sources rose by 4.8% to $4,145,671. Within that amount, General Service Contributions, including levies, rose by 5.8% this year to $1,156,355. Global Funds from DEC rose by 0.8%. Tied funds from DEC declined by 14%. Interest earned fell by 48%. Sports fees were up by 20.7% and Trust receipts by 31.4%. Total payments rose by 5.8% to $4,136,760. Key Learning Area expenditure was up by 15.97%, mostly in technology related purchases. Extra-curricular payments rose by 18%, reflecting the added costs of the two-training session policy. Trust payments were 31% higher, reflecting increased Building Fund disbursements. Utilities costs were up 17.74%, which is of concern.  Short term relief for absent teachers was down 10.41%. Administration and Office expenses (including GST paid) declined by 11.5%. Maintenance costs were 11% lower. Capital program expenditure declined by 40.9% mainly due to a redefinition of a capital expense, raising the base to $10,000. Overall, payments as a percentage of funds available are imprudently high at 89.8% but at High the reliability of our income flows from parents have allowed this very high relative expenditure to be maintained for more than a decade. The budget will face severe challenges in 2014, particularly in the extra-curricular area which is >76% wages, due to the DEC’s 19.5% on costs levy that will be applicable to all school-funded employees and payable by the school.
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 your son has early leave due to a medical appointment you are required to produce a note from the provider.


Applying for Leave

  1. You must have a Parent Portal account
  2. Go to https://parent.sbhs.net.au/reference-documents/
  3. Log in to the Parent Portal
  4. Click “Applying for Leave”
  5. Download the “Student Leave of Absence Application Form”

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.

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‘Bring Your Own Device’ Program

Purchasing Reminder

In 2014 students in Year 9 will be expected to bring their own computing device to school every day. The BYOD Program is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.

Purchasing Portal Orders
The first batch of orders from the Purchasing Portal closes on 10 December. This is your only opportunity to purchase a recommended device and have it delivered to the school.

Orders delivered to the school are available for pickup from the beginning of Term 1.

After 10 December, all deliveries must be to your home. Please allow 4 – 5 weeks for orders to be fulfilled by Lenovo.

You can access the Purchasing Portal through the BYOD website at:


Selecting a Device
If you’re confident in your technology choices then you need not purchase a recommended device through the Purchasing Portal. However, you need to ensure the device you select meets all the requirements of the Bring Your Own Device Program’s Device Specification.

The Device Specification is available on the BYOD website.

Take special note of the wireless network connectivity requirements. Without wireless connectivity the device is not a very useful learning tool.

It can be quite difficult to ascertain whether a device meets this requirement. All the recommended devices available through the purchasing portal have the required wireless connectivity.

Questions and Feedback
If you have questions which have not been addressed in any documentation, or you wish to make comment, please email the project team at:

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Blood Donations

Life -Savers Wanted – Donate Blood on Friday 13 December

(also 3 March 2014 and 8 September 2014)

The Red Cross mobile unit will be accepting blood donations in our Great Hall on Friday 13 December from 8.30-3.30.

Family members, staff and students over 16 can donate by making an appointment on the bulletin board outside Room 506.  Students are encouraged to book a time which coincides with a free period or at the beginning of lunch/recess.  Students/parents/staff are invited to book any remaining times from Friday 6 December. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

The duration of the screening process will be drastically reduced for previous donors who include their donor number when reserving an appointment time.  All donors are required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire before eligibility to donate is determined.  Red Cross medical staff will follow stringent screening procedures used in medical facilities.  Permission notes are not required.  Please note: The Australian Red Cross mobile unit is staffed by fully trained and experienced medical employees and is supervised by a highly qualified registered nurse.

Special thanks for coordinating this blood drive go to our Red Cross Youth Ambassadors:
Adilmorad Nadir (Y10), Azam Malik (Y11), Bosco Tran (Y10), Glanden Zheng (Y11) and Jeramy Ma (Y11).

From Australian Red Cross - www.donateblood.com.au

The most common factors that will determine if you can or cannot give blood follow.*

Before giving blood:

  1. DRINK UP - In the 24 hours before donation, especially in warm weather.  Also, drink at least four good-sized glasses of water/juice in the 3 hours prior to your visit
  2. EAT UP - Make sure you eat something in the 3 hours before donating
  3. BRING ID – Please bring at least one form of photo identification

Most  people are able to give blood if they:

  • bring photo ID
  • feel fit and healthy
  • are aged between 16 and 70
  • weigh over 45kg (50kg if under 18)

You may be temporarily unable to give blood if you:

  • are on certain medications or antibiotics
  • have a cold or feeling unwell in any way
  • have certain medical conditions
  • have recently had surgery

You will not be able to give blood if you have:

  • visited or lived in the UK for a cumulative total of 6 months or more between 1980 and 1996
  • engaged in male to male or other specified at risk sexual activity in the past 12 months
  • recently been pregnant or given birth
  • had a tattoo in the past 6 months
  • ever had a serious heart condition
  • ever had a serious blood disorder or disease
  • ever “used drugs” by injection or been injected with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist

* Further eligibility criteria apply.

For further information, or if you are unsure about your eligibility to give blood, contact Australian Red Cross and ask to speak with a medical professionals.  Phone 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

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White Ribbon Day at Central Station

 It was early in the morning on 25 November.  Over half of the Years 7-10 students from Sydney Boys High School assembled together on the concourse of Central Station and outside on Chalmers Street. They were there to raise awareness of the importance of White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led non-profit movement to end men’s violence against women, encouraging the men in their lives to make a commitment to promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards women, as well as to intervene safely to prevent violence against women when needed. It was only fitting for the fine representatives from Sydney Boys High to weave their way around the station quietly chanting, ‘stop violence against women!’ in small groups led by their Year 10 leaders to promote this socially just cause. Needless to say, it was gratifying to see so many commuters turn their heads and smile as they witnessed the orderly procession and potentially felt the need to change their behaviour for a better future. The mission to spread the White Ribbon Day Oath of to ‘never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women’ was a success, thanks to the undying enthusiasm of our participating students, Mr G Barris, Ms Eggleton, Ms Genias, Mr Hannon and Mr Phillipson.
Bosco Tran, Y10
Community Service Committee

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From the Canteen

The Annual General Meeting of the Canteen Committee will be held on Friday 13 December in the Board Room at 3.00pm.  All positions will be declared vacant.  We are in need of some new support members for the committee.   If you would like to contribute to this committee, please come along and join us. 

Thanks to our volunteers last week.

MON: Christiana Haddo, Rachel Fowler, Nina Lui  and Vila Bing Bai, Nina’s lovely mum thankyou
TUES: Rena Yin, Agnes Leo, Jade Ni,
WED: Helen Kon, Theo thanks for coming in last min to serve at recess as we only had 1 mum.
THURS: Angela Feng, Maria Farrell, Jian Ping Li,
FRI: Sam Guo, Frances Salmon

Please note we have Halal chicken available in the sweet chilli wraps and please order any vegetarian requests and we can make these for you.  We are sorry if all your favourites are not available as we run down stock for the end of the year.
The Canteen Team

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From the High Store

Year 9 Students Senior Uniform

Purchase your senior uniform NOW to avoid long queues.

Senior Tie - $28.50
Senior Trousers - $69
Short Sleeve White Shirt - 14-22 - $29, 24-28 - $31
Long Sleeve White Shirt - 14-22 - $31, 24-28 - $33.

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Music Notes

Schools Spectacular was televised on Saturday 30th of November. It was a vibrant and exciting performance featuring a number of solo and group musicals. The Schools Spectacular is a showcase highlighting the talents of the students of New South Wales schools. Congratulations to the following students from Sydney Boys who performed at the event: Oliver Kirk, Frank Zhang, Tin Wu, Dexter Gordon, Richard Hao and Brendan Hancox. Well Done =)

The Music Committee meeting on Monday evening 2nd of December was a great success as we voted on the new Music Committee Group. There was a discussion on the proposed USA Music Tour in 2015, also forming a sub-committee group for the tour.

There are only 25 spots left for the tour as we’ve had a high number of students interested in the tour. Please see music staff for further information (including expression of interest forms and the proposed itinerary list).

For all boys who have been loaned an instrument from the music department, please remember to service your instruments in the holidays.

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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Congratulations to all these students for achieving perfect skill assessments and personal best performances this year. Good luck in 2014.

PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Perfect Scores 2013

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Football
10 18 sec: Bailey Musilin 20 sec: Daniel Haslam 21 sec: Daniel Ahn, Noah Fowler 22 sec: Boris Amronin, David Bang,Garry Chen, Mathew Ng, Carl Yi Wang, Shuxiang Wang, Jonathon Wu 23 sec: Matthew Chan, 24 sec: Li Fang Chen, Kevin Dang, Chen Hua Jiang,  Kevin Liang, Beisi Zhao 25 sec: Ian Chang, Keith Li Chambers, Leonard Mah, Andrew Nam, Carl Yang,Tyson Zhang 22 sec: Richard Li 23 sec: Kevin Liang 24 sec: Daniel Chen, Yoshika Kulasinge, Jun Park, Jonathan Wu 25 sec: Madison Wu 26 sec: Kelvin Liang 27 sec: Sarangan Balakrishnan 20 sec: Adilmorad Nadir, Supan Arudselvan, Alex So 21 sec: Bosco Tran 20 sec: Adilmorad Nadir, James Tinker 22 Sec: Anthony Wu 24 sec: Vishnu Avudainayagam, Adilmorad Nadir 25 sec: Shaleen Baranwal, Kevin Dang, Gautham Shankar 26 Sec: Richard Li, Raunak Sura, Jeremy Yang
9 23 sec: Anthony Chen, Marvin Yu 24 sec: Jaeco Agawin, Youki Kita – Leong, Aidan Karahasan, Benny Liang Ethan Merrick, Adam Smararinsky, Gordon Yuan 25 sec: Jacob Kataford, Nicholas Lee, James Lin, Adam McCaffrey, Raymond Mo, Star Qui, Bo-Ping Song, Benjamin Wu Albert Yang, Lee Yang 23 sec: Christian Haddo,   Liam Jepson, Thomas Nimac, Arunen Paraparan, 24 sec: James Merlo, Luke Schofield 25 sec: Joshua King, William Lin, Charles Wilson 20 sec: Desmond Cai, Thomas Nimac, Benjamin Wu, Peter Yu 21 sec: Christian Haddo, Gerry Wang, Anthony Wu, Anthony Zhang 24 sec: Bovan Lin 25 sec: Oliver Lethbridge, Louis Shtein 26 Sec: Kabir Agrawal, James Pope
8 23 sec: Elliot Love 24 sec: Lucas Wong 25 sec: Shane Chen, Desmond Ho,Kurt Wang, Corey Won 26 sec: Sadin Afsar, Raymond Huang, Alvis Leung, Michael Qiao,Wanyu Tang, David Zhang, Felix Zhang 27 sec: Adam He, Peter Hua, Tony Li, Dean Nguyen-Javin, Jonathan Zheng 26 sec: Lane Shen, Michael Qiao 27 sec: Aaron Mathew Brian Sandeep Senthilrajan 19 sec: Sadin Afsar, Jeff Ye, Jimmy Yip 21 sec: Cameron Ma 22 sec: Lucas Wong, Harry Yio 23 sec: Jefferson Chan,  Berny Chen, Hayden Hua, Jun Kurosawa 24 sec: Raymond Zhu 29 sec: Harrison Li, Harin Soni, Raymond Zhu,
7 26 sec: Archie Fox 27 sec: Jeff Chen, Ryan Ho – Shon, Ang Li, Sinha Nawa, Rakin Rahman, James Siu, Leonardo Wang, Denzel Wong, Jonathan Zeng 23 sec: Nathan Sheng 27 sec: Ang Li 22 sec: Oliver Avdi-Ohlsson 23 sec: Jaden Kim 24 sec: Louis Chen, Ryan Dow, Ryan Ho Shon, Theodore Pericleous 25 sec: Oliver Avdi-Ohlsson 26 sec: Shokan Johnpillai, Lachlan Fong 27 sec: Martin Ngo 29 sec: Nicholas Lambos, Jonathan Meng

PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers 2013

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Football
10 Supan Arudselvan, Garry Bai, Lut Ming Chan, James Chee, William Chen, Desmond Chiang, Kevin Dang, Ian Lai, Nicholas Phillis, Alex So, Carl Yang, Zhi Yuan Zhao, Yilun Zhou Sudarshan Arvind, Sarangan Balakrishnan, Keith Li Chambers, Kevin Dang, Kevin Jin, Alex Jiang, Yoshika Kulasinghe, Richard Li, Kevin Liang, Kelvin Liang, Kevin Lu, Anantnath Thakur, Jonathan Wu, Madison Wu, Zhi Yuan Zhao James Chee, Daniel Chen, Chris Huang, Hardy Huang, Garwerd Liang, Aashray Narula, Alex So, Raunak Sura Sudarshan Arvind, Gary Bai, Hideyoshi Cheong, Jake Davis, Aashray Narula, Ben Nguyen, Alex So, Zhi Yuan Zhao
9 Jay Bhaskaran, Stuart Benjamin, Desmond Cai,  John Chen, Julian Chen, Yichen Han, Raphin Hossain, Masrur Joarder, Colin Li, Peiyuan Li, Benny Liang, Hong Ma, Kai Matsumoto, Simon Nguyen,Harry Park, Bo Ping Song, RyanSun,Joshua Tiong, Luke Ze Tao, Daniel Wang, Steven Xue,Calvin Xiao, Lee Yang, Anthony Zhang Manning Blackall, Ryan Joe Chan, Joshua Chin, Arthur Chao, Liam Jepson, Akash Kiran, Nicholas Lee, Yousheng Li, Benny Liang, Justin Lin, Raymond Mo, Andrew Nguyen, Andy Pan, Arunen Paraparan, Christopher Shi, Julian Tu, Anthony Zhang Vincent Bui, Desmond Cai, Arthur Chao, Joe Chan, Ryan Chan, John Chen, Kevin Fan, Yichen Han, Peiyuan Li, Thomas Lo, Ben Long, Rapfael Ng, Andrew Nguyen, Simon Nguyen, Thomas Shortridge, Joseph Song, Daniel Xue, Nelson Yin, Ervin Zhou, Manil Abeysekeran, Jaeco Agawin, Vincent Bui, Arthur Chao, Amit Deep, Yichen Han, Yousheng Li, Jun Lin, Andrew Nguyen, Christopher Shi, Joseph Song, James Ye, Peter Yu
8 Sadin Afsar, Berny Chen, Eric Chen, Shane Chen, Kevin Chung, Daniel Fu, Shadman Habib, Adam He, Edgar He, Desmond Ho, Hayden Hua, Peter Hua, Jason Huo, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Tony Li, James Li, Ricky Liu, Chenhao Lu, MansonLuk, Tom McGrath, Anh Nguyen, Akhil Prasad, Michael Qiao, Udayveer Singh, Harin Soni, Jeffrey Sung, Jonathan Tran, Fildon Wang, Tommy Weng, Anthony Xiao, Kenford Xuan, Jeffrey Yang,Jimmy Yip, Samuel Zheng, Michael Zheng Sanishka Balasooriya, Kevin Cao, Daniel Fan, Justin Fang, Jason Feng, Terrence Feng, Darren Fung, Anthony He, Jason Huo, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Jun Kurosawa, Andrew Li, Nocholas Liang, Shang Lin, William Lin, Cameron Ma, Aaron Mathew, John Pham, Michael Qiao, Sandeep Senthilrajan, Lane Shen, Harin Soni, Jeffrey Sung, Alvin Tam, Jonathan Tran, Nathan Wong, Rickey Wu, Jeff Ye, Jimmy Yip, Darren Xian, Kevin Zhang, Cuthbert Zhong, Raymond Zhu Sadin Afsar, Kevin Cao, Jefferson Chan,  Eric Chen, Jeremy Chin, Justin Fang, Terrence Feng, Daniel Fu, Ray Gu, Edgar He,Desmond Ho, Hayden Hua, Peter Hua, Jinhao Huang, Darren Huang, Jason Huo, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Andrew Li, James Li, Tony Li, Nicholas Liang, Chenhao Liu, Jason Loh, Cameron Ma, Thomas Mc Grath, Thomas Nguyen, John Pham, Michael Qiao, Udayveer Singh, Harin Soni, Jeffrey Sung, Jonathan Tran, Rickey Wu,Darren Xian, Kenford Xuan, Jeffery Yang, Michael Yang, Jeff Ye, Harry Yio, Jimmy Yip, Ahad Zafar, Felix Zhang, Tim Zhang, Cuthbert Zhong, Kevin Zhong, Alex Zhu, Raymond Zhu Sadin Afsar, Kevin Cao, Chris Chang, Berny Chen,  Shane Chen, Jeremy Chin, Justin Fang, Jason Feng, Shadman Habib, Hayden Hua, Jinhao Huang, Jason Huo, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Ramachandran Kaniyur, Jun Kurosawa, Jeron Lek, Ricky Liu, Cameron Ma, Hamza Mulla, Tom Nguyen,Akhil Prasad, Harin Soni, Jerry Sung, Jonathan Tran, Fildon Wang, Tommy Weng, Ricky Wu, Darren Xian, Roy Yi, Jimmy Yip, Ahad Zafar, David Zhang, Cuthbert Zhong, Raymond Zhu

G. Stein

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Sydney High Tennis

-The Gentleman’s Game-

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”

High vs Scots (2nd Round of GPS Season)

1st Grade (WIN) Result 2nd Grade (LOSS) Result
D1 1 + 2 L 6-4 7-5 1 + 3 L 7-5 5-7 3-10
D2 3 + 4 W 6-0 4-6 10-5 2 + 4 L 6-0 6-2
D3 5 + 6 W 6-1 6-4 5 + 6 L 6-3 6-3
S1 Carl Yang L  6-1 6-3 Ervin Zhou L 6-2 6-2
S2 James Lian L 6-4 7-5 Junjie Kuang L 6-0 6-2
S3 Josh Sangueza W 6-3 6-1 Calvin Zhou L 7-5 6-2
S4 Adam Smagarinsky W 6-3 6-1 Bohan Deng L 6-2 6-3
S5 Eddy Wang W 6-4 6-4 Jason Jung L 6-2 6-4
S6 Matthew O’Sullivan L 6-1 6-4 Wanyu Tang L 6-2 6-2

1st Grade
At the start of the trial season Sydney High first grade knew that this match against Scots would decide how the 2013/2014 season would play out for High. Every training session was geared towards this match. The day commenced with debut wins for number 2 and 3 doubles. Eddy and Matthew winning comfortably and Josh and Adam putting together the winning match. All doubles practice paid off beating the same team that they lost to only a month earlier. In the singles we knew that we needed a minimum of three wins to secure the rubber. Adam and Josh won comfortably while Eddy played a new and improved style of consistent tennis which resulted in his first singles win for quite a while. VAMOS! Finally the win High tennis needed. With a refined team for next year hopefully we can continue this success.
Adam Smagarinsky
First Grade Captain

2nd Grade
2nd Grade played the last game of the term against Scots and although ended on a bad note, gained valuable experience. The doubles were disappointing, losing all three matches. The number one doubles with Calvin and Ervin played well, gaining the upper hand at 7-5 5-3, but couldn't serve for the match and in the end losing 7-5 5-7 3-10. The singles were also disappointing but showed better scores than the doubles, suggesting our need for much more doubles practice. However, Calvin played well, just losing the first set 5-7 with opportunities to win that he didn't seize. In the end, he lost 5-7 2-6. Although it was a bad end to the term, Second Grade will continue to practise in the holidays so that in 2014, we will have a fresh start and start to claim matches.
Calvin Zhou
Second Grade Captain

3rd Grade
High played Scots College at Centennial Parklands for the second week of the AAGPS season. After a rained out rubber against King’s the previous week, the team was eager to get back on the court. However, even with the home court advantage, we could not produce the level of tennis capable of winning. Both doubles pairings went down to very precise and consistent opponents 6-0. And to add to our misfortune, we lost three out of the four singles matches. Fortunately, the number one seed managed to secure the only win in Thirds, with only the one break in serve 6-4. 
James Chee

Junior Results

16 As
Finishing off the 2013 summer season, the 16As faced off against Scots college under an overcast sky, threatening to rain at any second. Garry Huang and Preetham Kadappu once again showed their prowess and synergy in the A1 doubles, picking up a commanding 6-3 win. Alex Liang and Thomas Nguyen started off slowly, with three games against them, but later managed to turn it around. However, the opposition managed to win in a close fought tiebreak, 6-5(5) in their favour. After some minor delays due to wet weather, Garry managed to pull out a dominating win over Scots, with a 6-1 victory. After an extremely close starting four games, Preetham's opponent managed to pull ahead and win 6-2. With injuries on both sides, the A3 singles and A4 singles resulted in a 1-6 loss and 6-1 win respectively, with Scots' A4 player being forced to forfeit after a leg injury three games in. Overall, we managed to end this half of the season on a high note, winning in a clutch 26 games to 23 games.
Alex Liang

15 As
In the first round of the GPS season, the 15As were up against Scots. They have been undefeated so far in all of their matches. Even with the extra confidence from last week, this was a daunting task for us. Despite this, we were able to obtain two impressive wins. Charlie Weng (A3) had a decisive win over his opponent (6-4 W). Ting Li (A4) has continued his winning streak with a close win in a tie-breaker. However, the rest of the team wasn’t as lucky with our other matches. But with these two wins, I am sure that the 15As will put up an excellent fight next term.
George Ge

14 As
In our last tennis week for this term, SBHS 14 A had a rematch against Scots. Due to bad weather we could only play 2 matches. For A1 and A2 doubles we lost 6-5, and for A4 singles we lost 6-2. It was a huge improvement since our last match against Scots when we mainly lost 0 and 1. Good job for training hard and playing well this term.
Kinzey Rahardja

For more info visit the Sydney High tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/

Please spare some of your time on Saturday to come down and support High Tennis.

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From Chess

The best of luck to the team from Sydney Boys who have been invited to play in the Australian Schools Teams Championships on the Gold Coast this weekend.

This is a prestigious event and the winner is acknowledged as the best secondary Open school in chess in the country. Sydney Boys High School has won this competition once before and we wish these boys under the guidance of their coach, Vladimir Feldman, all the best in this competition.

Eric Xu (Year 12 - 2013)
Darryl Chan (Year 12 - 2013)
Manil Abeysekera (Year 9)
Johnson Lin (Year 9)
Raymond Li (Year 7)

Rowena Barr
MIC Chess

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

30th November 2013

This Saturday’s racing was the final regatta of the year, with three races in a stiff 15 knot breeze from the S/SSE. Racing against Scots College and Ascham meant a fleet of twenty five boats competing this week. Good starts saw High skippers fill three or four of the top ten positions of each race. David Evans/Kai Huang, Daniel Fang/Roy Zheng,  Darren Tiang helped by Garwerd Liang and Angelo Yan sailing with Oliver Long, all sailed into good positions in different races and improved their overall point-score chances for term four. Arthur Chao/Wen Tao Ruan and Robert Tan with Edwin Zhu as the crew, both continued to improve their handling of the Puffin Pacer dinghies in the stronger winds, with early gusts up to eighteen knots followed by a shift to the South East during the racing.

York Wang and Louis Ye in their first competitive races as skippers, sailed creditably, sharing the helm in consecutive races and impressively, keeping up with the main fleet throughout the morning. Their boat’s capsize after passing the finish line in the final race was not entirely to plan, but overall, it was a very fine effort for these up and coming skippers.

Patrick Han with Marcus Cameron as his crew,(shown above) should be pulling their mainsheet on tighter, so that the end of the boom is level with the back corner of his transom and this will allow him to hike out, get his crew on the gunnel and sail faster. This can be seen by Tiger Zhang and Benjamin Long in the distance of the photo off Point Piper, sailing at a much faster speed with the mainsheet on.

Vincent Xu with Tim Zhang and Edward Lin with Angus Dong both sailed consistently in all three races, but good starts still elude them and this led to the inevitable mid fleet results. These skippers need to work on their ability to control the speed of their boats at the start line, to enable them to compete more successfully. Timing the flags on the start boat and thinking of where they want to start, needs to be prepared for in the last minutes before the Blue Peter comes down.

Thomas Shortridge, sailing with Tim Fan, showed an improved level of skill in his boat handling when the breeze was stronger. Thomas could also benefit from learning to slow his boat at the boat end of the line about a minute before the start, instead of sailing backwards and forwards at top speed and hoping for a brilliant opening to appear. Inevitably this leads to being on Port tack at the pin end with all the fleet coming at you on starboard, with all the rights under the rules. A good start is a planned exercise with both the crew and skipper working to place their boats in the most advantageous position under the conditions. (usually at the boat end on starboard tack).

Tiger Zhang and Benjamin Long (below) could benefit by moving forwards and getting their weight around the centre board and Benjamin should be sitting at the same angle as Tiger and ready to hike out when needed. Crews must communicate more, trim their boats more precisely and use the racing rules to challenge the opposition at marks and during the legs of the race.

Next Saturday, will be the Intra Schools Competition day for all sailors, 7.30 am start DBSC. Crews will be swapped around and juniors assessed for their levels of competency. The weekend after that will be the funday BBQ when sailors can take their parents for a sail (with a competent skipper) and have a BBQ breakfast /lunch on the deck of the DBSC.

Sailors should also note that help is needed for the 10th December P & C Supporters Function from 4 pm to 9.30 pm. See Lin Jin (the catering supervisor) for details.
G Moody
MIC Sailing 2013

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SHS Rowing

Riverview Gold Cup

The School Eights and Year 9 quads competed in the Riverview Gold Cup Regatta last Saturday. Results –

Crew Distance Place in race Time
School 1st Eight 1400m 4th 5.08.83
School 2nd Eight 1400m 4th 5.30.05
Year 9 1st Quad 1400m 4th 6.12.34
Year 9 2nd Quad 1400m 4th 6.29.55
Year 9 3rd Quad 1400m 4th 6.48.56
Year 9 4th Quad 1400m 5th 7.42.68
Year 9 5th Quad 1400m 5th 7.25.44
Year 9 6th Quad 1400m 4th 6.42.92

Head of the Yarra

The Year 10 Eight rowers were guests of Melbourne High School on the Rowing Exchange Trip last week, and they had the opportunity to race in the Australian Classic, Head of the Yarra, against clubs and schools from across the country. The three SBHS crews performed creditably. Results –

Crew Place in Schoolboy event Place overall with 185 competitors Time for 8.6km
SBHS Crew 1 5th 45th 32.21.39
SBHS Crew 2 9th 83rd 34.03.80
MBHS Crew 1 10th 121st 35.59.14
SBHS/MBHS Composite Crew 12th 124th 36.30.52
MBHS 15th 145th 37.29.28

Upcoming Events –

  • Saturday 7 December - Reindeer Regatta – Selected Y9 and Y8 rowers will be competing in this regatta at SIRC, Penrith. *All other rowers will be rowing at the High Sheds on Saturday morning.
  • Sunday 8 December - NSW Sprint Regatta – Senior rowers will be competing at SIRC, Penrith.
  • Saturday 14 Dec 7.30am - SHS Shed Race – This is our end of year event at the High Sheds. All crews compete in the handicapped ‘Shed Race’ with the finish line in front of our shed for parent spectators. A barbecue breakfast and coffee will be available to enjoy by the river.
  • Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 December - Nepean Camp – Senior/Year 10 Eights Camp. The rowers will camp at the High Sheds for 3 nights and travel by school bus to and from the Nepean River each day.
  • Holiday Rowing – We do offer a holiday rowing program, which is a beneficial opportunity for boys to keep perfecting their rowing technique and improving their level of strength and fitness. Attendance is optional, based around family holidays and other activities. All boys will receive a holiday timetable with morning sessions available at the sheds and at the school gym. I will also email the holiday timetable to rowers and parents. If you are not on the email list, please email your details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Term One 2014 - The GPS Regattas start with our High Regatta first week back on 1st February 2014, so by the end of January we need our crews ready for competing. All Year 8 quads will start racing and the boys will need to have a High zoot suit.

Contact Details –

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Regatta results can be found at the Rowing NSW website - www.rowingnsw.asn.au

Melbourne Report

As a pivotal part of our rowing training this season, the Year 10 Rowers participated in an exchange with Melbourne High School, allowing us to travel to Melbourne and row on the Yarra River, competing for the Inter-School Parra-Yarra cup, as well as rowing in the Head of the Yarra, a first for Sydney High crews.

After touching down in Melbourne, we were immediately transported to the Melbourne High Sheds, and given our first opportunity to train for the upcoming days of intensive racing. Using the boats and oars generously loaned to us by Melbourne High, we were able to experience the calm freshwater that was the Yarra River, and familiarise ourselves to our new environment. Upon returning to the sheds, we were able to meet our billets, and get to know a bit about Melbourne High, as we returned to our assigned homes, and prepare for an early row the next morning.

The second day saw an 8:30 start at the Melbourne High Sheds, but with most people being shown the ins and outs of the Melbourne Transport System, simply arriving proved to be a difficult task. Nonetheless, both the Melbourne and Sydney Boys were prepared to fight for the Parra-Yarra cup, determined by 3 lots of 1 km races. Fortunately, all races were confidently won by the Sydney High crews, most likely due to our extra 2 years of training that we had over Melbourne High. However, as at this point the typical, unpredictable weather of Melbourne had kicked in, and it had started raining, meaning that our options of what to do after the rowing sessions were limited to brief tours of landmarks in the city, after returning home again.

After our success in the Parra-Yarra Cup series of races, we focused our efforts towards the Head of the Yarra, an excruciating 8.6km time trial, testing both the rowers and especially the coxswains to their physical and mental limits. With all rowers present, no time was wasted; boats were taken out and placed on the water, in preparation for a long and hard training session. The boats were off to see the depths of the Yarra River. After a 4km row down the river, we had reached what would be the finish line for the Head of Yarra, made evident by the banners that had been placed the night before, and the quiet buzz that ran through the neighboring sheds. After turning around to head back up river, we landed nearer to the starting line, where we would be storing our boats, ready for the events the next day. Following a debrief, the billets and the Sydney High boys were freed, and went off in groups to experience Melbourne in its true glory, as well as watch the latest Hunger Games movie.

Our final day in Melbourne began with us departing from our billets houses for the last time, saying farewell to the families that had taken us into their homes over the past three days, and simultaneously greeting the arduous time trial that awaited us on the Yarra River. Upon our arrival at the starting line, we were quickly debriefed, but soon rushed onto the water for our races. All of the Sydney High Crews, including a composite Sydney/Melbourne High Crew, showed extremely promising results on the water, with the First Year 10 VIII finishing in 32 minutes, the Seconds following in 34 minutes, and the mixed crew coming across the finish line in a solid 36 minutes. The conclusion of the race also concluded our events in Melbourne, and we returned to the Melbourne Sheds to wash the boats for the last time, followed by a final dinner and farewell at Melbourne High School.

Returning to Sydney allowed us to look back on this experience, and appreciate the opportunity we were given, which would not be possible without the help of the Sydney High and Melbourne coaches and staff, as well as all the people organising behind the scenes. All the rowers are eagerly looking forward to meeting with the Melbourne High Boys again in February, when they come to Sydney for our second rowing exchange.    
Jacob Katafono, William Chen and Daniel Xu

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Digital Help For Parents

A message from the NSW Department of Education and Communities

The recent explosion of personal technology and wireless internet means that the ‘generation gap’ that used to refer to different tastes in music or fashion, now represents a dramatic difference in the experiences of education. Parents today are faced with classrooms that bear little resemblance to their own schooling, leaving them feeling somewhat powerless when it comes to being part of their children’s digital lives.

Where can parents turn for help in understanding what their children are exploring so fearlessly? What advice can support parents?

Quib.ly: Give your kids a head start in this connected world
We want to help parents to keep up with the opportunities and challenges of raising happy, healthy, well-balanced children in a connected world... one question at a time.

Website: http://quib.ly/welcome
Ages: 1- 18

Cybersmart: Designed to support and encourage participation in the digital economy by providing information and education which empowers children to be safe online.
Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Website: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/parents.aspx
Ages: 1- 18

SMH Digital Life: This free online newspaper frequently publishes articles that relate directly to the wellbeing of young people and the use of technology.

Website: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life

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