High Notes, Vol 14 No 6, March 08 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations go to Geoff Gerlach who was chosen in GPS combined first basketball and to Mitchell Flynn, James Baraceros, and Eamon Kelly who were selected for GPS combined 2nd grade. Nathan Sutton was picked as reserve for the team. The sustained quality of High swimming continues at GPS carnival 3. Congratulations to: Kalem Best for his win in the 50 free and second in the 100m.; Yu Peng Man in the 200IM, Leonard Mah in 50m free’ and second in the 50m breast’, Allen Guo in the 50m breast’, Kevin Guo in the 50m & 100m.breast’, Kazuo Nakamura in the 50m ‘fly and 2nd in the 100m., Darren Chien in the 100m breast’, Luke Schofield, Kalem Best, Jason Qiu and Kevin Guo in the 4x50 medley relay, Andrew McNaughton, Max Menzel, Kazuo Nakamura and Christian Haddo in the 4x50 medley relay.

Library Committee Meeting
At the Library Committee Meeting held last Friday, Ms Elaine Sadler (Parent Rep.), Mr John Walker (HT Student Welfare), Ms Veronica Crothers, Ms Suzanne Gordon (Teacher Librarians) and I discussed the operation of the two school libraries. The Balance Sheet for the Public Library Fund was tabled and discussed. Balance brought forward was $21,852.37 to which was added: parents’ donations ($114,166.25), GST refunds and printing card income ($3,119) and interest ($974.96). Expenditures comprised equipment, books, subscriptions, papers, teaching/learning resources, software ($32,657.54) and administration (mainly salaries) $88,000.12.  The school bears additional costs of the two libraries from its No.1 Account. Capital program expenditure was $250. After total expenditures of $120,907.66 the Fund carried forward its working capital reserve of $19,204.92. The school account absorbed expenditure for salaries and equipment of c$20k. Direct expenditures on library services amounted to c$120 per head for every student at High. Income was $96/student. The shortfall each year is taken from general contributions.

The two Librarians responded to questions about budget items and the mix of expenditures on software/books and subscriptions. They outlined their budgets for the coming year. There was considerable discussion about e-books and online learning. Database license purchases needed to be justified on the basis of student use, cost and alternative access. Access to State Library is important to many of our boys and our Librarians will do the necessary training now that the help from the State Library has been withdrawn. The change of timetable and the reduction in Values Education time have made it difficult for Veronica to give Library training to Junior School boys. Ms Sadler re-visited her previous suggestion that the Libraries needed a 5-year plan to set directions for pedagogical and personal development through library services access.

More than a dozen people attended the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney High School Sailing Association last Saturday morning at Double Bay Sailing Club. The Association membership is open to Old Boys, Parents, university students and those interested in learning to sail. The Association provides a vehicle for YA membership at a very low cost. The Association has an agreement with Double Bay Sailing Club to provide boat storage, club house facilities and safety services for our sailing program until June, 2017. In 2012, two new Pacers were purchased, bringing the fleet to 10. This year another two will be ordered to allow 24 sailors to compete simultaneously. There are 57 sailors in our program in 2013. I encourage all sailing parents to join the Association to support their sons.

Financial Forum Reminder
Planning, implementing and monitoring a budget can be a problem in the complex DEC accounting system. As Principal I am personally responsible for all monies collected and expended as public monies through the school accounts. I have delegated authority to MICs and Support Groups to raise and spend money on behalf of the school. It is important that we all understand how the accountability process works. Please come to the forum/briefing with your Supporters Group representative or Treasurer on Monday, March 18 at 6pm in the Great Hall.

Parking Issues
Moore Park West and Bat and Ball Oval are being booked by non-SBHS people on most afternoons each week. These hirers feel they have a right to park on our site. UTS has published its booking schedule. The gym is used each weekday from 6pm. SBHS vacates the gym at 5 and it is cleaned before UTS users arrive. We are locking gates 9, 10 and 1 most days now. Extra restraints will be needed to section off the site so UTS can have their 30 car spaces. The result of this increased traffic will be that parents and staff coming to meetings after 5pm each day may find the premises locked down. If you are having a meeting after hours, please arrange to have keys to open a section of the site for your parents to gain access.
Dr K A Jaggar

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The PAWS Committee are raising money for the Animal Welfare League by holding a baby photo guessing competition.  Photos of selected staff members are located on the noticeboard between Rooms 606 and 607.  Guess three photos correctly and pay your $2 to win a $200 Family Pass to Luna Park!

 The competition closes on Friday, 22 March and the winner will be drawn on Tuesday, 26 March, just in time for Easter.

Entry forms are available from Ms Stephens and Ms Williams.  Students who are members of the PAWS Committee will also be taking entry forms around during lunchtimes.

Put your entries in to win!

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our volunteers over the last two weeks.

Week of 18/2/2013
MON:     Cole(Ray)Gu ,Lynn Chen, Tina Chang
TUES:    Sharon Hughes, Yu Xin Jia (Peter),
WED:     Fumiko Hirose-Cheong, Hiroko Kitajima, Francisca Sjahry, Athena Tselonis,
THUR:   Ming Ming Lee, Min Strauss, Theo Tsiribas, Alana Liang,
FRI:        Maria Ngyuen, Emily Yang, Li Yang, Lan Li,

Week of 25/2/2013
MON:     Sam Guo, Rachel Fowler, Amy Yan, Shannon Hickey, Rebecca Tsai,
TUES:    Agnes Leo, Huiyu(Jade) Ni, Angela Quin Hua Feng,
WED:     Helen Kon, Sabrina Xu, Sally Allingham,
THUR:   Kim Ngan Do, Jian Ping Li, Lin Jin, Maria Farrell,
FRI:        Connie Tai, Kati Westlake, Angela Jin, Jo De Araujo

The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

The Debating Season got off to a good start last week. The Juniors were successful in all their debates in FED and Eastside - very well done and keep it up.  The Seniors were less successful with only Year 10 and 11 wins against Rose Bay in Eastside.

We had a great turn out of food for the supper and many parents stayed around to help. As we have two competitions running here for the following two weeks we need even more helpers – especially in the senior years. At the end of the evening we all like to leave as soon as we can and it took Nina,

Mr Vyas and myself longer to pack away because there was just the three of us adults here. If senior parents can stay around for a short while after the debate we could really use your help.

It was nice to meet some new parents at the Parents Information Night. This was a great opportunity to talk through the program (which can seem very confusing at times) and to answer questions that parents had. I would like to extend a big thanks to members of the DSG who stayed to help with the presentation – especially when the traffic was so bad and it took many of you such a long time to get here and back home afterwards.

Our next parking event is on 22nd March and this is an important way to raise money for the debating program. If you are able to give up some time on that day please contact me via the Gmail address below and I will forward your contact details on to Sunil Sethi our Parking Coordinator.

I would like to say a particular thank you to Bosco and Adilmorad who stood in at the very last minute as some Year 10s pulled out on Friday. This is very bad form and put a lot of stress onto me and the coaches when we had other things to attend to. If you are unsure if you can debate, do not sign up and if you find out you cannot debate you must tell me as early as possible. 

Both debates are at Home this week and so I need lots of chair people. It was lovely to see some new faces in the chair people room last week and of course just as lovely to see some of the old hands! Double hosting is always chaotic. So in advance I'd like to thank you for your support. A special thanks to Nathan and Oliver my trusted helpers without whom I wouldn’t get the job done!
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

Each week I send out an email to debating families. In order to receive this email, please send me an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please tell me your name and year group or your son’s name and year group and I will add you to the contact list. 

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Proud Schools Parent Information Evening

When: Monday 11th March, 7.30pm
: Great Hall (P&C Meeting)
: Mr Terence Humphreys from Twenty10 and Mr John Walker, Head Teacher Student Welfare

Twenty 10 is a community based, non-profit, state-wide organisation.  They work with and support people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities. Twenty10 is partnering with Family Planning NSW on the Proud Schools Program Trial in 12 schools across Sydney and the Hunter regions. Twenty10’s role in the Proud Schools Program is to support schools in generating a greater understanding of the importance of the program aims with parents and students.

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Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner 2013

Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 9th Annual Basketball Dinner and finish the year in winning style!!

Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute speeches will be made by staff members about their age groups and players will be able to show their thanks to them as well! (Buy your coach a present) There will be a big screen projection of the Annual Highlight video presentation!  Be there to win things like an IPOD Portable Speaker System and a giant Jellybean jar!

When: Friday, 22/3/12, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:15pm.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who: Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!
1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly again this season and requires your support for this to continue.


All drinks will be provided on the night. Advise when booking if a vegetarian meal is required.
210 seats only = Limited seats - PAY AT THE OFFICE TODAY!
Especially if you won an award; make sure you pay ASAP.

NB: Proceeds from ticket sales etc go into the basketball program to help improve future basketball experiences for our students.

Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by Friday 15th of  MARCH 2013.

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

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit  

Year 7 House Oz Tag competition

The 2013 Year 7 House oztag competition will be running on the 11th and 15th of March at lunch time. The teams will be made up of 9 representatives from each class, with 6 taking the field at any one time. The schedule of events will be as follows:

Monday 11/03/2013 Wednesday 13/03/2012
Round 1 Round 3
Field 1 Eedy vs. Fairland Field 1 Eedy vs. McKay
Field 2 McKay vs. Rubie Field 2 Rubie vs. Torrington
Field 3 Saxby Vs. Torrington Field 3 Saxby Vs. Fairland
Tuesday 12/03/2013 Friday 15/03/2012
Round 2 Final
Field 1 Eedy vs. Torrington 1st vs. 2nd
Field 2 McKay vs. Fairland
Field 3 Saxby Vs. Rubie

6 on the field, 3 reserves, no kicking, tag must be on to attack or defend, all players must be in house uniform, games start 5 minutes after lunch starts, all games are 10 minutes

Training program for Rugby – March/April 2013

Pre-season (All players are expected to turn up to sprints each Monday afternoon & their one respective rugby training session during preseason)


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10 11
Lunch oztag – yr 7
Lunch oztag – yr 7
Training AM
Lunch oztag – yr 7
14   15
Lunch oztag – yr 7
17     18
Athletics carnival
19 20
Training AM    
Lunch scrum & L/O training - Snrs
22     23
24     25
Lunch scrum&L/O training
26 27
Training AM  
Lunch scrum & L/O training - Snrs
Good Friday
April 1
Easter Monday
Yr 12 exams
Training AM 1
4s rugby - PM  - MPW
Yr 12 exams
16s/Opens Rugby training after school
Yr 12 exams
13s/15s training – AM  
Yr 12 exams
7 8
Yr 12 exams
Yr 12 exams
14s rugby - PM  - MPW
Yr 12 exams
16s/Opens Rugby training after school
Yr 12 exams
13s/15s training - AM
Yr 12 exams
15 16   17 18
Rugby Training- Opens MPW
19   20  
22 23
Rugby Training all teams - MPW
Rugby Training- Opens  (non athletes) - MPW
25   26
Rugby Training all teams (non athletes) -MPW
Redfield game – 1sts only

I hope to see you all at training,     
Mr G. Barris
MIC Rugby

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From Tennis

High vs Grammar - Round 6

  1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 W 6-0 6-0 1 + 2  
D2 3 + 4 L 3-6 5-7 3 + 4  
D3 5 + 6 L 2-6 6-2 2-10 5 + 6  
S1 Frank Zhang W 6-0 6-0 Carl Yang Rubber
S2 Patrick Rynsaardt W 6-0 6-4 Richard Hao Cancelled
S3 Adam Smagarinsky W 6-2 6-0 Calvin Zhou Due To
S4 Ian Li D 3-6 5-6 unfinished Ryo Kawahashi Rain
S5 Josh Sangueza W 6-0 6-1 James Lian  
S6 Eddy Wang L 2- 6 1-6 Bohan Deng  

1st Grade
Round 6 of the GPS competition saw High play its final home match of the season against ultimate rivals Grammar. With 3 out of the 5 rounds being rain affected, it was no surprise when we arrived at school to find the courts under water. However, with determination and eagerness to play and pick up much needed competition points, the boys arrived an hour before schedule to prepare the courts for play. The immense effort from the boys, coaches and parents saw the doubles commence around our usual time of 12:30pm. It was a tough start to the day with the boys struggling in the first sets of the number 2 and 3 doubles, despite the number 1 doubles pair cruising along before a rain delay affected play at 1:30pm. With a lengthy one hour delay to talk over tactics, the resumption of play saw an improvement in all doubles matches. Number 1 doubles combo of Frank and Patrick, quickly and comfortably dispatched their opponents winning 12 straight games, 6-0 6-0. Number 2 doubles, Adam and Ian recovered to find themselves with a lead in the second set, however in the end were unable to push the match to a tiebreak, 3-6 5-7. Number 3 doubles, Josh and Eddy fought back after a poor first set to comfortably take the second, however couldn’t capitalise on momentum, going down 2-6 6-2 2-10.  After the doubles High faced a 2-1 deficit and needed to pick up matches quickly in the singles with storm clouds threatening once again. In the number 2 singles, Pat took advantage of having no umpire to race through his match, equalising the rubber with a dominating win, 6-0 6-4. In the number 1 singles, Frank capped off an impressive day with a ‘quad bagel’ win, as a result of not dropping a single game all day, dispatching his opponent 6-0 6-0. Rain once again affected play once again at 4:00pm with High leading the rubber 3-2. However, with Adam and Josh both securing their first sets in the singles, an effort was once again made to dry the courts in an attempt to gain more points. As play resumed after another hour long delay, no 3 Adam finished off his match comfortably winning 6-2 6-0. In the number 5 singles, Josh also completed an impressive win and secured the 3 bonus points for High with the fifth win of the day, 6-0 6-1.  Eddy was unable to hang on till the end of day’s play, going down 2-6 1-6. Finally in the number 4 singles, Ian held on for a tight draw with his opponent 3-6 5-6 unfinished. The final result, High earning a major win over rivals Grammar 8.5 to 3.5, giving us a major boost of confidence as the season nears it closing stages. The boys will be keen to finish the season on a positive next week when we travel to face competition leaders, King’s.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade
This week High went out against Grammar, and after a disappointing cancellation against Scots, Seconds were pumped to play a good day's worth of tennis against Grammar to make up. However the weather was, once again, not on our side. Small chances to start the day and matches occurred, yet none were long enough to sustain a warm up as well as the start of the match. Disappointed that for the second week in a row that the matches were cancelled, High drew with Grammar 6-6. With Head of the River on the coming Saturday, seconds will have an extra week of intense training to make sure they are ready for the last match of the GPS Tennis Season, against King’s.
Carl Yang

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

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Sydney High Annual Cricket Dinner 2013

Help celebrate another great year of Cricket at HIGH by attending the annual dinner. Each team will receive trophies for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Player’s Player.

Students are to attend in full school uniform.

When: Thursday, 21st March 2013. 5:30pm for 6:00pm start.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
Cost: $30 per person, please pay at the school front office by Thursday the 14th of March
(We need to know final numbers by this date)

Soft drinks will be on sale at $1.00 a can or students/parents may wish to bring their own.
Vegetarian food will be included on the menu.

Sydney High Cricket Dinner 2013

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

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SHS Rowing

Riverview Junior Regatta Results

The High Junior crews raced at Lane Cove last Saturday morning in wet, cold and windy conditions, and results were a little disappointing for the last regatta of the season. A couple of Y8 crews had gear failures and there was a mix up of crews for some of the Y9 quad events. However, the Y9 3rd quad came 2nd in their heat in a time of 3.38.36, which put them through to the final. They finished 4th in the final in a time of 3.42.84. The Y9 1st quad came 3rd in their final in a time of 3.41.99.

Congratulations to Y9 3rd quad – Tony Dong, William Chen, Jiachen Lu, Jason Qiu, (c) Stratton Vakirtzis, and Y9 1st quad – Kevin Fan, Ed Belokopytov, Jacob Katafono, Oliver Lethbridge, (c) Keith Chambers.

This week at rowing

Rowing Assembly   Friday 8 March Great Hall 10am This is a very special school occasion for all Head of the River competitors and families. Morning tea is served for parents and rowers after the assembly.
AAGPS Head of the River   Saturday 9 March Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith This is the big event, with all present and past rowers and supporters making the trek to cheer on High crews. We hope you can join us in the High marquee.
Rowing Dinner Saturday 9 March Great Hall 6pm All rowers are expected to attend the end of season Rowing Dinner. More information with payment slip in High Notes.
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GPS Head of the River

Saturday 9 March 2013

Hope you can make the journey to the
Sydney International Regatta Centre
to experience this impressive event.

  • Races start at 10.00am with the Year 10 Eights
  • School 1st IV races at 11.20am
  • The School Eights race at 11.35 and 11.50am

This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and it is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee for schoolboys and spectators so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer! 

All rowing parents are invited to the Rowing Dinner/Presentation Night that evening in the great Hall, where thanks are extended to everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.

The crews representing Sydney Boys High School at the 2013 AAGPS Head of the River:

Crew Rowers Coach
School 1st VIII Kin Pan, Ray Fang, Ronald Tran, Ashley Chan, Daniel Keogh, Steve Comninos, Alex Pereira, Nelson Tang (stroke), Daniel Tam (cox)   Mr G Barris
School 2nd VIII Terry Fong, Dinesh Chandradas, Chris Ketkeo, Alan Qi, Solomon Saleh, Damien Duong, Dan Tran, Brandon Vu (stroke), Leighton Chen (cox)   Beryl Crockford
School 1st IV   Jason Zhang, Shawn Noronha, Eugene Lee, Josh Leo (stroke), Kenneth Liu (cox) Pravin Radhakrishnan
Year 10 1st VIII Jing Li, Jesse Nixon, Louis Huyem, Josh Maloof, Sam Musgrove, Jackson Tan, James Tinker, Tom Luo (stroke), George Han-McEvoy (cox)   Ollie Wilson
Year 10 2nd VIII Eric Le, Brian Mo, Jake Davis, Bennette Jiang, Neil Song, Phillip Mai, Stephen Ngo, Matthew Chan (stroke), Keith Chambers (cox)   Gareth Deacon
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GPS Swimming

Report – Carnival 3 @ SOPAC

Carnival 3 proved to be more competitive than previous carnivals. The competition is now intensifying as all swimmers are fighting for a spot on the GPS team. It was great to have everyone back in good health once more as this proved to be crucial for the relay teams. The most improved team performance went to the seniors who recorded a 2nd position finish in the 4 x 100 medley relay and some great individual performances. A huge improvement from previous carnivals. Well done to the boys involved: Dominic Mah, George Dzero, Darren, Chien, Yu Peng Man and Eugene Lee. The 14s and 15s continued their dominance in relay events. The 14s are: Kalem Best, Luke Schofield, Kevin Guo and Jason Qiu. The 15s are: Andrew McNaughton, Max Menzel, Kazuo Nakamura and Christian Haddo. The 13s and 16s 4 x 50 m medley relays both finished 3rd. Impressive results.

Carnival results can be viewed by students on the R Drive: Sport\Swimming\2013 folder.

Notable achievements on the night included:

  • The 15s relay team for winning their event by 8 seconds    
  • 24 top 3 finishes out of 60 events
  • 10 1st finishes out of 60
  • The Junior division 12-14 years who have progressed from 3rd to 2nd position
  • The intermediate team 15-16 years old who have progressed from 5th to 2nd position.

Great effort boys
P Loizou
MIC Swimming

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Grammar

HIGH vs. GRAMMAR: Term 1, 2013

1st WIN 95-38 M.FLYNN 24
2nd WIN 52-47 B.MUSULIN 20
3rd WIN 41-35 T.LI, A.MALIK 8
4th WIN 45-38 B.TRUONG 16
5th WIN 33-24 L.JEE 11
6th WIN 30-16 L.ZHANG 12
16C WIN 38-18 G.CHEN 10
16D WIN 40-13 C.WANG 16
16F WIN 28-6 Z.HUNG 10
15A WIN 27-26
15B WIN 28-20 J.SONG 10
15C LOSS 14-32 A.CHEN 6
15D LOSS 23-21 V.BUI 6
15E LOSS 18-20 J.WANG 12
15F WIN 48-5 M.YU 16
14C LOSS 18-42 A.LEE 9
14E WIN 19-5 P.YU 10
14F WIN 24-10 J.LOH 12

HIGH vs. GRAMMAR: Term 4, 2012

1st WIN 95-45 G.GERLACH 30
2nd WIN(OT) 45-41 B.MUSULIN 16
3rd WIN 37-21 J.PALLANDI 7
4th WIN 49-21 A.HE 15
16C WIN 38-18 G.CHEN 10
16D WIN 40-13 C.WANG 16
16F WIN 28-6 Z.HUNG 10
15A WIN 54-26 M.MENZEL 30
15B LOSS 22-15 J.AGAWIN 3
15C LOSS 19-21 J.WANG 6
15D WIN 33-25 T.LUO 12
15E WIN 28-12 R.MO 7
15F WIN 42-12 J.LUO 10
13A LOSS 50-20 A.FOX, A.CHANG 6
13B LOSS 14-26 H.VYE 6
13C LOSS 20-31 L.WANG 10
13D WIN 22-2 M.LEE 12
13E LOSS 6-33 J.YIP 6
13F LOSS 14-16 T.WANG 8

AAGPS 1st Grade

Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 13 13 0 1256 644 26
Newington 13 12 1 990 582 25
Shore 13 7 6 849 805 20
High 13 6 7 884 832 19
St. Ignatius' 13 6 7 804 876 19
King’s 13 5 8 645 814 18
St. Joseph's 13 3 10 816 1041 16
Grammar 13 0 13 523 1177 13

AAGPS 2nd Grade

Played Won Lost For Against Points
High 13 12 1 675 533 25
St. Ignatius' 12 10 2 686 510 22
St. Joseph's 13 8 5 685 636 21
Shore 13 6 7 577 558 19
Scots 13 5 8 538 603 18
King’s 13 4 9 569 666 17
Newington 13 3 10 478 631 16
Grammar 12 3 9 488 559 15

There is one more week of the 2012 – 2013 AAGPS Summer Sports season vs King’s next weekend. All of High’s teams performed magnificently against Grammar, congratulations to all! Both our 1st and 2nd Grade achieved outstanding results following their wins against Grammar; 1st Grade could finish the season with a top 4 finish, a finish which I’m sure Mr Ben Hayman will be very happy with as this was his goal of the season for 1st Grade this year. Being a relatively new team to play together, 1st Grade grew and established themselves in a fantastic fashion to do High proud this season. For 2nd Grade it could be an even better result; AAGPS 2nd Grade Premiers with only one narrow loss to St. Ignatius breaking their winning streak. The table above shows that High 2nd Grade has the 2nd best defence in the league and the 3rd highest scoring points; however being able to still come out on top by so much shows that it’s not about brute scoring and defence when playing basketball, but about the High motto of playing hard, playing smart and playing together! Congratulations to both our High open representatives on their excellent results! GPS 1sts- Gerlach. GPS 2nds- Flynn, Kelly, Baraceros.

Remember House Basketball is still on during Tuesday lunchtimes; come and support your house and be part of the fun! There will still be training for this week, so make sure you make the most out of it before we go on to the Athletics season. Train hard!

~ Go HIGH!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~ Thanks to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

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CHS Water Polo

Sydney High went into last Wednesday’s game against Sydney Technical High School ready to win and move onto the CHS Round Robin. This was a knock-out game, and we knew we had to win!

In the first quarter, both sides played cautiously, but High managed to pull ahead 4-1, due to our tight defending and swift counter-attacking. Everyone in the team played their best and communicated well, which saw us increase our lead to 7-2 in the second quarter. Our stamina outlasted Tech’s, and we began to capitalise on their mistakes, bringing the score up to 12-3 at three-quarter time. In the last quarter, despite a sudden change of playing style from Tech, our endurance was too much for them, and we out-swam and out-played them at every opportunity, finishing the game at 16-5.
Daniel Wei

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Music Notes

The Senior String Ensemble performed at Government House for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Function on Wednesday 6th of March.

The first “Meet the Music” concert was held on the 6th of March at the Opera House. It is compulsory that all music elective students in Years 9-12 attend the Meet the Music concerts. All boys are to be in full school uniform. Dates for “Meet the music” concerts:

1st May 2013-Northern Lights
31st July 2013-Wagner Madness
30th September 2013- Dvorak’s New World

The Big Night Out will be held in the Great Hall on Saturday 23rd of March. Stage Bands, Senior Strings and Choir will be performing at this event.

Marching Band rehearsals are on Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30pm & Friday morning 7:45-8:45am. We only have 6 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day. There will be two rehearsals during the holidays (to be confirmed) before Anzac Day (ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL STUDENTS IN THE MARCHING BAND).

All ensembles are now up and running. There are still a NUMBER OF BOYS who have NOT turned up to ensembles. Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!

The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir  
Room 201
Junior Stage Band  
Room 101
 Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra  
Room 201
  Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
  Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
  Training Concert Band
Room 202

Terms 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
   Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
    Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
    Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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Wot Opera: Sydney

A group of Music and Drama students have collaborated to create an Opera.  Please come along and enjoy the show.

The Seymour Centre, Chippendale
7pm, Tuesday 26 March 2013

Original operas meaningful to the lives of young people

Following its highly successful program in Sydney last year, WotOpera returns with fresh faces and four new, original works!

WotOpera unlocks the creative potential of young people. Over eighty students from four Sydney high schools have written four operas that showcase their creativity, talents and boundless imaginations, the participating schools are:

Holroyd High School 
Lurnea High School 
Manly Selective Campus 
Sydney Boys High School  

The students collaborated to produce their own stories, then composed the music and designed and painted their sets in a series of four one-day workshops representing just 21 hours! The four schools will come together to perform their individual works at The Seymour Centre.

You are invited to delight in their journey and enjoy their creations on Tuesday 26 March at 7pm.

Artistic Director: Murray Dahm
Music Directors: Peter Aoun, Dan Walker, Benjamin Loomes
Project Assistants: David Hidden, Katie McKee, Eddie Muliaumaseali'i, Sophie Kelly
Photographer & videographer: Bridget Elliot
Video Editor: Tanya Saint James

Bookings: 02 9351 7940 or www.seymourcentre.com
: The Seymour Centre  Cnr City and Cleveland Chippendale
: $10 for Adults  $5 for concessions

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From the Junior Library

Occasionally a special writer emerges from the pack to delight us with a genre we thought could produce no more surprises.  So in the past few years we have seen the emergence of Fantasy writers, Cornelia Funke - the Inkheart Series, the manic addictive popularity of George R Martin - The Game of Thrones Series and DM Cornish’s Lamplighter Series.  ND Wilson, 100 Cupboards Series, is such a writer and our library is processing this series right now to put out on the shelves.  This is a great junior read with a 13 year old male hero Henry who has inherited the fiery and magical powers of dandelions???  You will have to read the series to find out about these.  (Not silly at all)  Coming to our shelves very soon!!

In the new resources our library is listing today we are including a lot of DVD material that the library had collected over time and which is now being placed on the W Drive for staff and students to access.  In the last few weeks while engaged in adding 33 resources to our schools growing collection of educational film material we thought we might point out to boys and parents that boys can teach themselves some very interesting things by watching this material on home computers, school PCs or DEC laptops.  Thanks to James Rudd and David Isaacs for finding the software to record educational broadcast material and for making it easy for staff to choose curriculum appropriate material for lessons.  Parents and boys are recommended to explore the subject material on the W drive.  It would beat watching most popular TV programs hands down.  If bored – try the W drive via the Portal.

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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

P&C General Meeting - Guest Speakers

Our next P&C General Meeting will be held in the Great Hall at 7:30pm on Monday 11th March.  We are pleased to welcome Mr John Walker Head Teacher Welfare who, along with a guest speaker from the Twenty10 community organization, will be presenting on the subject of homophobia and the “Proud Schools” program.  We strongly recommend this most important and relevant topic and look forward to the presentation which will be preceded by a short general meeting.

Big Night Out


Date for your Diaries

- BIG NIGHT OUT 2013 –
Saturday 23rd March
Great Hall and Courtyard

Chinese Wok & BBQ,
Curry House
Greek BBQ
Dessert and more

Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes)

BYO or soft drinks, beer & wine available for purchase on the night

Year 7 Parent Representatives

Year 7 parents interested in taking on a role as one of the Year group representatives are asked to email the P&C at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you would like further details as to what the role entails, please let us know in your email and we can contact you directly to discuss further.

Upcoming Parking Events

Saturday 9 March – Football: Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners FC (Football)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

P&C General meeting – 7:30pm, Monday 11th March, Great Hall.
SBHS Big Night Out – 5:00pm, Saturday 23rd March.

Ian Sweeting


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