High Notes, Vol 14 No 9, March 28 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Simon Luong (Year 12) for his organisation of the World’s Greatest Shave fund raiser for the Leukaemia Foundation. Just over $640 was raised on the day and $2000 overall from additional efforts by individual boys. A great effort by all! The GPS swimming competition was well contested by High this season: Juniors 12-14 (3rd overall) and intermediate 15-16 (2nd overall). Well done to all our competitors. Congratulations to our combined GPS swimming representatives selected to compete at CIS: Allen Guo, Brendan Yoon, Kevin Guo, Christian Haddo, Kazuo Nakamura, Leonard Mah, Darren Chien, Kalem Best, Max Menzel, Luke Schofield and Jason Qiu. High players dominated Sydney East Volleyball selections again this year. In the regional team are: Jonathan Clements-Lendrum, Ivor Metcalf & Jeffrey Ni (Year 12), Pinyan Gao, Jason Le and Yu Peng Man (Year 11), Kevin Lu, Kevin Robinson & Sunny Xu. Well done, boys! Bill Deng (Year 12) is one of 16 students in Australia selected to attend the AIOC Informatics Olympiad Selection School. The 4-member Olympiad team will be selected at this Selection School. Good luck, Bill!

High Praise
Adam You (Year 9) and Ethan May (Year 8) did a great job volunteering at KU Kira Children’s Centre last week. “Both boys were polite, punctual and helpful. They were respectful of children and the environment at Kira. They communicated well with our educators and were able to take directions and instructions…They are both great ambassadors for SBHS and you should be proud of them”. And so we are! Great job boys!

Well done to the numerous volunteers who organised the mufti collection and barbecue for the Lak Saviya Foundation. Proceeds of the event were $2,316.85. Each year the money supports educational development activities at KRMV a Tsunami-ravaged school in Sri Lanka that we have been helping since 2005.

Technology Policy
An important meeting was held last Thursday, involving Gavin Patterson (A/Director of Business Services) John Evans (Regional Manager DER) and Stu Hasic Manager, Schools ICT Support, John Prorellis (HT Administration), Network Administrators, James Rudd and David Isaacs, and me. We were able to confirm that funding for Technical Support Officers will cease at December 31. We agreed that High would need to employ a TSO in 2014 at its own expense. It was confirmed that the school could expand the DEC wireless network as long as it followed the agreed protocols around connecting to the network. There was considerable discussion concerning the introduction of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) at High. After the meeting it was decided that we would trial a BYOD program for Year 9 in 2014. Teachers are accustomed to ‘blended delivery’ in Year 9 since the DER notebooks for schools program. Some preparatory work needs to be done to expand the wireless network and develop a BYOD policy for the school. The school community will be kept informed of our progress as details are worked out.

AAGPS Heads Meeting
At the GPS Heads meeting last Thursday, it was agreed that the calendar for 2014 would remain as it is for 2013. That is, no change would be made to the timing of the athletics season. However, the Heads are exploring options for a broader winter competition and showed a preparedness to align with other Associations should an expanded competition be negotiated in the latter half of 2013 for operation in 2015 at the earliest.  The contentious issue of video clips being posted online using images of other schools’ boys was raised. While conceding that control over social media was problematic, the Heads agreed that video clips that inappropriately pictured students from other schools would not be permitted on the school’s official website. Tensions among schools have arisen surrounding ‘recruitment and attraction of students with sporting ability’, particularly enrolling in Years 11 & 12. In order to lessen those tensions a ‘New Boys Committee’ was formed to gather data from member schools about their teams in Years 10-12 and the enrolment dates of their players. A paper was prepared as a draft which sets out points limits for each sport, depending on the number of players in the team. Points range from 7 in rugby to 3 in tennis. A team cannot exceed the points limit. A boy enrolling in Year 10 would attract 2 points; in Year 11 3 points. Players arriving after day 1 in Year 11 attract 4 points and no player is eligible to play if he arrives after term 2 of Year 11. Exchange students would not be eligible for GPS Competitions. Heads are considering the proposal and are awaiting an analysis of the data from schools before making a decision on how the proposal might work.

The Football competition for first and second grade will be a seven round draw, with matches in the last seven weeks of the winter season. The third grade rugby competition will involve 9 teams. Each team will play 8 matches and have a bye. The 2014 draw will be a new draw.

Mr Shane Hogan, Head of Riverview, had his last meeting with the GPS Heads. Mr Hogan served as Chairman of the GPS Heads Committee for several years. On your behalf I would like to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to the AAGPS as an organisation of schools wanting to play games against each other for the purpose of educating boys. He was unfailingly supportive of High and our interests during his time in the chair. As a colleague he has collaborated with me frequently and always proved a wise counsellor and friend with a sensible, well-balanced view of life. He will be missed a great deal by the Riverview community and by those associated with the AAGPS.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Canteen

Thanks to our volunteers last week. A special thank you to Theo for coming in twice and to Christiana Haddo who we omitted from the list for Monday 11/3.  The canteen managers, the school and the boys appreciate all the time given by mums, dads and grandparents.

MON 18/3:           Carnival
TUES 19/3:           Penny Chan, Theo Tsiriba
WED 20/3:            Fumiko Hirose-Cheong, Francisca Sjahry, Hiroko Kitajima
THURS 21/3:        Alana Liang, Min Strauss, Theo Tsiriba,
FRI 22/3:               Connie Tai, Shilpa Punekar,
The Canteen Team

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Public Speaking

I would like to congratulate all students who have so far competed in the Rostrum Public Speaking Competition this term. In particular, a special congratulations needs to be given to the three students who are through to Regional Finals:

Lokesh Sharma in Year 11
Chris Yu in Year 11
Khushaal Vyas in Year 12
Evan Higgins
Public Speaking Coordinator

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Careers News

It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.

Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:

  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus point schemes
  • Overseas education opportunities
  • UMAT
  • University admission
  • University information days
  • University-school enrichment programs
  • Work Placement information

And much more.

Log into the Student or Parent Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website.

Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.
Mr Cipolla

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SBHS Debating

It was a welcome rest for me to watch our teams debate last week. I attended the FED debates at Newington and Ms Rigby went to Reddam.  At Newington our social debaters were more successful than the competitive debaters.  It was pleasing to hear that the Year 12 Eastside team won their debate – even after turning up to the wrong campus and thus being late!

There is no debating coaching this week. Next week (5th April) there will only be coaching for the teams only because most of our coaches are attending the Easter Debating competition at ANU – we wish them all good luck.  However, there will be coaching on during the last week of the school term – this is a one off because of the disruption caused by Easter and the Uni Debating competitions. Anyone new to debating – we don’t usually have coaching on the last day of term.

I am looking for some students to take over the running of the school debating website. There has been a lot of work completed on this during last year and I thank Christopher Chen for organising all of that. This is our website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/. Please have a look and, if you are interested in being part of a team which updates the information (Award points will be available), please come to see me.

I know that some of the coaching coordinators are keen to run GPS trials much earlier this year and I am encouraging them to do this. In the past we have not been able to run a very good program for non GPS debaters so we have kept classes together for as long as possible. However, we now have a fantastic program for GPS and non GPS and I am sure that all students will receive  a quality coaching program based on their needs and abilities and I feel that having GPS coaching start early will further our chances of success in GPS and PDC. Please, if you are interested in trying out for the competitive teams, listen carefully to the coaches and look for information in the debating email.  If you are unlucky in try outs then, of course, it is disappointing, but there will be plenty of opportunities for you to debate socially and your coaches will be able to help you further develop your debating skills for next year.

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. 
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

With a lot of debaters having commitments with the basketball dinner, many junior debaters got the chance to debate for the first time giving them valuable experience in the lead up to the PDC and GPS competition. Whilst results this week were slightly disappointing in both the FED and Eastside Competition we saw some positive outcomes for all debaters.

The Senior A Eastside team came away with a win on the topic “That we should help citizens of China circumvent their internet filter” after a comprehensive performance against Reddam House. Unfortunately the Year 11s lost in what was a very tight decision.

In the FED competition, the Senior A team lost in what was a very close debate against Newington’s 1st Grade debating side. Top effort boys!

Although we saw quite a few losses in the junior Years, it is important to note the progress and skills these boys are learning through each debate. I’m sure as the competition progresses the development and skills the boys will have acquired will definitely shine through.

Khushaal’s Tip of the week: Change the tone of your voice throughout your speech. It adds effect and is much more interesting than simply talking loudly or monotonously. On top of this, it makes the audience more inclined to listen to your arguments and be persuaded. 
Khushaal Vyas
Debating Prefect

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

As the last edition of Shootin’ Hoops for the 2012 – 2013 seasons, here are the final season statistics for all of High’s teams:

2012-13 Wins Losses Draws* Losses +15 Pts for Pts against %Team win
1sts 7 7 0 3 937 881 50
2nds 13 1 0 0 937 881 93
3rds 9 4 0 0 503 367 69
4ths 11 2 0 0 463 309 85
5ths 7 3 0 2 254 238 70
6ths 10 1 0 0 242 189 91
7ths 6 3 0 0 252 176 67
8ths 6 2 1 0 319 151 75
16As 7 4 1 0 329 263 64
16Bs 8 4 0 1 407 276 73
16Cs 12 1 0 0 398 213 92
16Ds 12 0 0 0 515 205 100
16Es 11 1 0 0 350 195 92
16Fs 12 0 0 0 425 138 100
15As 7 7 0 1 410 422 50
15Bs 7 5 0 0 310 251 59
15Cs 2 8 0 4 199 276 20
15Ds 5 6 0 1 249 215 45
15Es 5 6 0 3 240 260 45
15Fs 8 2 0 0 343 167 80
14As 2 10 0 7 303 496 17
14Bs 1 10 0 3 217 386 9
14Cs 2 9 0 1 244 349 18
14Ds 6 3 0 0 310 310 67
14Es 8 4 0 2 323 200 67
14Fs 7 3 0 0 361 179 70
13As 0 4 0 4 55 244 0
13Bs 0 4 0 3 72 139 0
13Cs 0 4 0 1 63 145 0
13Ds 3 2 0 1 64 42 60
13Es 2 3 0 3 46 144 40
13Fs 3 2 0 1 73 59 60

In addition to these great stats of the overall school, an outstanding team this season would definitely be the High 2nd Grade team, who were the outright premiers of the AAGPS 2nd Grade League. 1st Grade also did the school very proud, coming 3rd in the AAGPS 1st Grade league and smashing Mr Ben Hayman’s goal for 1st Grade at the beginning of the season. Not to mention the countless unsung heroes within our school basketball community, the 2012-2013 season proved to be a great season for all teams at High. Work hard in the off season, and see you guys at the end of the year!

~ 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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SHS Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to the top 10 runners in each age group, at this year’s school Cross Country carnival.

These finalists are now representing the school at the coming Zone Carnival in Term 2.

Students highlighted are the SHS Cross Country Age Champions for 2013! 

Name 18 Years Grade
Jonathan Clements-Lendrum 12T
Oliver Kirk 12F
Daniel Keogh 12T
William Koslowski 12E
Ian Li 12E
Nelson Tang 12F
Jaan Pattandi 12F
Ashley Chan 12M
Alan Qi 11S
Derek Chen 12T
Name 17 Years Grade
Ned Anson 11F
Stephen Chung 11R
Kenneth Liu 11M
Steve Cominos 11R
Ethan Ou 11S
Conner Robinson 12M
Agnish Nayak 12T
Grant Choi 11M
Sida Wang 11M
Allan Shi 11E
Name 16 Years Grade
Brendan Hancox 11F
William Beare 10R
Adilmorad Nadir 10R
Tushar Garg 11S
Jens Waring 11F
Brendan Kong 11T
Luke Hoad 10E
Carl Yang 10T
Perry Sim 11T
Richard Li 10S
Name 15 Years Grade
William Chen 9T
Marcus Plataniotis 9F
James Tinker 10E
Youki Kitaleong 9M
Tim Luo 9F
Shaleen Baranwal 10F
Thomas Nimac 9E
Kelvin Liang 10R
Ethan Merrick 9F
William Chang 10F
Name 14 Years Grade
Jayden Schofield 9M
Luke Schofield 9R
Elliot Love 8R
Sung Chan Kim 9E
Saransh Saini 9S
Hugh Bartley 8R
Max Li 9F
Elias Hall 9S
Tong Li 8R
Liam Jepsom 9S
Name 13 Years Grade
Nathan Quan 8M
Ryan Ho-Shou 7M
Harison Li 8E
Richard Hu 7E
Brandon Yoon 7E
Lachlan Fong 7R
Jerry Sung 8F
Brian Wu 8M
Connor Fisher 8M
Jonathan Zheng 8S
Name 12 Years Grade
Benjamin Wang 7M
Allen Guo 7F
Anderson Chan 7S
James Fang 7F
Jay Patel 7S
Gorden Zhuang 7R
Alex DeAraujo 7R
Max Wiles 7M
Alec Chen 7S
Shokan Johnpillai 7T
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From Swimming

GPS Swimming Report – Carnival 4 @ Riverview

Carnival 4 provided our swimmers the last opportunity to sharpen their competitiveness before the last carnival. It was also an opportunity to experiment with different strokes. It was great to see all the swimmers perform at such a high standard. The new boys contributed to our depth and allowed the team to strengthen its performances especially in the relays. The new students who joined swimming in Year 9 include Christian Haddo, Luke Schofield, Max Menzel, Kalem Best and Andrew McNaughton. They have made a valuable contribution the swimming team. Well done, boys.

GPS Swimming Report – Carnival 5 @ SOPAC

Carnival 5 was always going to be rather tense as it was the last opportunity for all swimmers to clock times that gave them GPS selection. Our boys went to the carnival feeling confident that they will perform to their best. It was great to see a small group of HIGH supporters organised by the SRC attend and support the swimming team. Furthermore, thank you to the all parents for sacrificing their time each week and making such a positive contribution to the swimming program. A special thanks to Mr M Pavone (Sports Master) and Dr K Jaggar (Principal) for supporting the swimmers at all times.

Notable achievements on the night:

  • 100% attendance as per usual
  • GPS Breaststroke Record  for  Allen Guo - 12 years (time) 40.30s   
  • 23 top 3 finishes
  • 11 boys finished 1st in their event
  • Juniors 12-14 years finished 3rd overall
  • Intermediate 15-16 years finished 2nd overall
  • Final GPS school position was 4th
  • 11 boys selected in the GPS team to compete at CIS. Allen Guo, Brendon Yoon, Kevin Guo, Christian Haddo, Kazuo Nakamura, Leonard Mah, Darren Chien, Kalem Best, Max Menzel, Luke Schofield, Jason Qui.

The 2103 GPS swimming team:

12 Years: Allen Guo, Barry Zhang and Sinha Nawa
13 Years: Brendon Yoon, Adam Feng, Harvey Luo, Jonathan Zeng and Jonathan Zheng
14 Years: Kalem Best, Jason Qiu, Luke Schofield and Kevin Guo
15 Years: Christian Haddo, Kazuo Nakamura, Max Menzel and Andrew McNaughton
16 Years: Michael Sawang, Leonard Mah, Ian Lai,  James Chee and Brendon Hancox
17 Years: Darren Chien, Eugene Lee, George Dzero, Dominic Mah and Yu Peng Man.

Congratulations boys on a great season.
P Loizou
MIC Swimming


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Music Notes

All boys who performed at the BIG NIGHT OUT performed stunningly. It was an eventful evening enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to the boys, parents and teachers who helped out at the event. Well done to ALL our musicians who performed.

We only have 3 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day. There will be two rehearsals during the holidays before Anzac Day & ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. Information about Anzac Day and holiday rehearsals are outside the music staffroom. Holiday marching band rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 16th April 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 23rd April 9:30am-12:30pm - FULL DRESS REHEARSAL

Please notify the music staff if you are unable to make any of these sessions.

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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From the Andrews Junior Library

HAPPY EASTER READ LOTS – E-books, your local library??
This notice is a reminder that Easter is a great time for reading.  So if you miss out on the new books we are displaying in this notice before you go on Holidays, have you tried borrowing an e book from your local Library?

Many Local Libraries are developing a great E-book collection.  All you need is a current Library card and the world of literature is at your fingertips.  Who has a notepad?  Ask for one as a present.  I bought an Android device for $85 and took books to read overseas last year – great way to read!

Our new resources have just begun moving out to you.  Keep an eye on the new book stand, the newspaper table display area {new DVDs} and the Popular Books stand.

Do you check your DEC email?  If your books are overdue you will receive automatic DEC emails to tell you about it. 

As of last year we are sending you an email about new resources into the Library.  This year you will receive a link to “Library Thing” with the new resources on it.  You may be able to use the link to find new books or your  literacy circles book reviews.   So check your DEC email occasionally.
Mrs Crothers
Andrews Junior Library

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World Challenge Expedition to Africa

Zambia & Botswana in 2014/5

Dear Parent/Guardian of Y9 & Y10 Students, 

World Challenge is delighted to announce the launch of a very exciting program for Y9 and Y10 students. This program will culminate in a month long expedition to Zambia & Botswana, departing after Christmas in December 2014.

Students will explore the Kalahari Desert, navigate through the Okavango Delta by boat and experience up close the might and power of the Victoria Falls. Along the way, they will also work and interact with under-privileged communities in sub-Saharan Africa and learn desert survival skills from local bushmen.

As if that wasn’t enough, a World Challenge expedition is led by the students – under the watchful eye of their Expedition Leader and assisting staff. Initially, they will be involved in planning their itinerary, and whilst away they will take on much of the day-to-day decision making. They will manage their budget throughout the trip, decide where to stay and what to eat, and how they are to travel between the different locations on their itinerary.

A World Challenge expedition is a unique and powerful activity that will broaden your son’s understanding of the world while significantly developing his leadership and teamwork skills. Completing a World Challenge program has been proven to enhance future university and career prospects.

World Challenge would like to invite you and your son to a presentation

7pm Wednesday 3 April – The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

delivered by a member of our team who will discuss the benefits of the program, the fundraising support and safety back-up we provide, and how we deliver a fun, rewarding, and safe experience.

To learn more about World Challenge, please visit www.worldchallenge.com.au, or find us on Facebook or YouTube.  Letters will be distributed to Y9 and Y10 students.  Please return the reply slip if you are able to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely, 
Kieron Hegde
Regional Director – NSW, ACT & NT
Wold Challenge Asia Pacific

Y9/Y10 Students - Please return to the box outside Mr Phillipson’s door at Sydney Boys High School.

The World Challenge Parents Presentation RSVP form is 
available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes



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