High Notes, Vol 15 No 20, June 27 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Great news for Jim Robson and High SAS staff member Ros Robson as they watched their son Sam, who attended High, score his maiden test century for England. Sam has blossomed as a County batsman during the last five years and earned his prestigious position as opener for England. Well done to Andrew McNaughton (10) for being runner up in the NSW Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition. At the Regional Cross Country Championships in the 15s Luke Schofield placed 1st, Conor McGrath 4th, Jayden Schofield 5th and Stevie Young and Nicholas Katsilis in the top ten. Our team will represent Sydney Region at the CHS Championships. The 18+ team also made it to state with Steven Chung 2nd, Kenneth Liu 5th and Ned Anson and Jason Garrett making up the team of four. Eric Holstrom was 2nd in 14 years, Marcus Plataniotis 5th in the 16s while Thomas Nimac and Ian Zhou ranked inside the top ten and will progress as individuals to the next level. Well done indeed to all our competitors. Thank you so much to Vishal Karnamadakala in Year 10 for the work he did on the ‘Living Treasure’ video. From a difficult video piece, Vishal created a very professional looking oral history to commemorate Gordon Stone’s visit to High. Thank you to Community Services Committee and the 14 boys who took the initiative to enter the Red Cross Fun Run. They raised a total of $777.50 for the Red Cross through their efforts – particularly Jayden Schofield who managed $154 on his own!

Parent Teacher Evenings
Opportunities to discuss learning progress with teachers were made available in the last two weeks of term. I want to thank the High Teaching staff for making themselves available to review student outcomes and also the parents who attended for their cooperation in making the process run smoothly and efficiently. Parents who wish to follow up on any matters raised during interviews need to contact Head Teachers of the Faculties involved or liaise with the Year Advisers looking after their sons. For those parents who were unable to make appointments for various reasons, teachers can be emailed direct if they have given permission or else by contacting Year Advisers.

End of Term 2
As the term concludes I want to thank all the students who tried hard to fulfil their potential in all the opportunities for learning, growth and fun provided by the school. Many highlights of achievement have been reported in High Notes. Many acts of community service, cooperative endeavour and caring for others have set the tone of the school. The teachers, support staff, coaches, volunteers, cleaners and ground staff have worked harmoniously to deliver curriculum, sports, co-curricular activities, special programs and student-initiated events. My sense is that the staff and students are happy. We are building a culture of ‘respectful relationships’. Let’s work together in term 3 to make this culture even stronger.
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 8:55am 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 the following day.

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News From Latin


Each year, students from Years 9 to 12 participate in the National Latin Exam, an international competition organised by The University of Mary Washington in Virginia, U.S.A.  Over 100 countries participate and awards are sent from the University to all students.  Students are assessed on their knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax and culture at the appropriate Year level. This year, the students sat the exam on March 13th and the Gold and Silver medallists for 2014 are as follows:

Sanishka Balasooriya, Year 9
Louis Shapiro, Year 9
Kieran Shivakumaarun, Year 9
Alexander Mao, Year 10
Wesley Beare, Year 11
Oliver Tseu-Tjoa, Year 11
Rick Saha, Year 11
Christopher Chen, Year 12
Jens Waring, Year 12
Robert Tan, Year 12

Liam Jepson, Year 10
Preetham Kadappu, Year 10
Thomas Shortridge, Year 10
James Goh, Year 10
Yousheng Li, Year 10
Ervin Zhou, Year 10
Benjamin Nguyen, Year 11
Leonard Mah, Year 11
Madison Wu, Year 11

Christopher Chen of Year 12 also received a special award, The Maureen O’Donnell Award, for having achieved a Gold Medal each year since Year 9


This year, the students of Year 10 and Year 11 Latin and Year 10 Greek attended the University of Sydney on 6th June where they presented a piece of Latin poetry or prose to a number of judges. Judges assessed the students according to accuracy of pronunciation and quality of presentation.

Year 10 Latin had to prepare a piece from Virgil’s Aeneid and Year 11 an extract from the Satires of Horace.  Year 10 Greek had to prepare a piece of Greek rhetoric from Xenophon, Hellenica.

In the Year 10 Latin division, 6 students were selected for the Final in July, and a Sydney Boys High student, Thomas Nimac, was selected.  Congratulations, Thomas.

In addition, a number of High students impressed the judges with their presentations and achieved Certificates as follows:

Elias Hall, Year 10
Ervin Zhou, Year 10
Rick Saha, Year 11

Saransh Saini, Year 10
Madison Wu, Year 11
Thomas Shortridge (for Greek), Year 10


On Tuesday, 17th June, Year 12 Latin attended the Latin Study Day, an annual event which aims to assist students in their preparation for the Latin Continuers and Extension HSC examinations. The lectures focus on the Literature texts being studied for the exam, as well as looking at Unseen Translation technique. This year, twenty-five schools participated, including Sydney Girls High, Canberra Grammar School and Pymble Ladies College.

This year, the venue was Shore School, North Sydney.

The day consisted of a series of lectures presented by prominent Academics from the University of Sydney, as well as graduates of such institutions as Oxford University.

Dr Kathryn Welch, from the Ancient History Department, Sydney University, spoke on Livy Book V;

Dr Robert Cowan from the University of Sydney Classics department spoke on Virgil, Aeneid XII and Latin Love Elegy (Extension).

Thank you to Shore School for organising this important event.  The students benefitted greatly from this study day.
Ms D Matsos

What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?       

June 27th, 2014

As the school holidays are imminent the Senior Library has made an effort to finishing processing many of its latest titles so that they are ready for borrowing over the break. This week we are encouraging students to take home up to ten books to read.

Also, recently students have been reviewing titles for SpineOut magazine (see SBHS online databases in Library Enquiry), and we have reproduced one on the science fiction title, “Ender’s Game” – Orson Scott Card, by Jens Waring in Year 12.

Jens, 17, Sydney Boys High School, Sydney, NSW
Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card

As a book which has been made into a movie, Ender’s Game has obviously received a lot of attention. However, the book is just that bit deeper and more intriguing than the movie.  Ideas such as the Fantasy Game and Ender’s battle-room skirmishes are just that much deeper, and the reader’s access to Ender’s thoughts draws them into his conflict.

The book is about a human military attempting to train a boy as a commander for their forces, although on a personal level it is about success and failure, leading others and fighting a situation which you yourself do not understand. For any fan of science fiction it is a unique read, and for others it is an excellent starting novel in the genre.

Rating: Epic, good for book clubs

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

SBHS Online database subscriptions include access to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online available again through Library Enquiry on the school website. Students can utilise this great resource to do their research for class assignments or for general information from a consistently authoritative source, unlike Wikipedia, from school or home. The teacher librarians encourage students to make use of this when they need to.
Ms S Gordon

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Football Results

2014 Term 2 Week 8

Team Against Result Scorers
1st XI Melbourne High School 1st XI Drew 2 – 2 Adilmorad Nadir (2)
1st XI Melbourne High School 1st XI Won 6 – 1 Thomas Nimac (2), Shayan Vatandoust (2), 
Adilmorad Nadir, Adam Smagarinsky
1st XI Riverview 1st XI Lost 0 – 2
2nd XI Riverview 2nd XI Lost 0 – 5
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Football Report

Last Saturday there were no official fixtures, but we organised a friendly match against Riverview’s 1st and 2nd XI. Since it’s private school holidays, Riverview were in camp at the Sydney Academy of Sports in Narrabeen. So our boys made a great effort to turn up and play. Our 2nd XI had a tough game missing several of their normal players. Although the score line may say 5-0 to Riverview Ronnie Uchitel, our goal keeper, made many incredible saves being our man of the match. Our 1st XI also had many players missing with just five of their regular players. This was a much more even contest and our boys played very well applying a lot of pressure and being solid in defence with Jesse Cooper playing out of position at centre back. Jet Gill Lee hit the cross bar that would have brought us back into the game. I would like to thank all the SHS parents for bringing their sons along to the game and the Riverview parents for supplying us with a great afternoon tea.

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Melbourne High in two football fixtures. The first game was not one of our best performances and we were behind 2-0 with about 20 minutes remaining. One of Melbourne’s players scored a great goal shooting from 40 metres out and hitting the top corner. Our boys decided to turn the tempo up and eventually managed to score two goals to finish on a draw 2-2. The second match was a much better effort from our boys. Although we conceded an early goal we knew we were in control and just had to capitalise on our chances. Finally we got that first goal and then this allowed us to open up the game and score five more goals. Congratulations to Adilmorad Nadir and Ryan McNamara who were named man of the series for Sydney High and Melbourne High.

Also during last week we had Jesse Cooper and Michael Cui (captain) away on representative duties for GPS 2nd XI in Football. On Tuesday the boys played extremely well against CAS and won 5-2 and then on Wednesday they also beat ISA 2-0 with Michael Cui being solid in defence. Well done to these boys in a successful week.

Over the holidays we will be conducting a Football training camp open to all players. Please see the attached letter for further details.

I have created a Twitter account for regular updates in results, information and wet weather. This does not replace the school wet weather website. The link can be accessed by phone or web browser without signing in or having a twitter account. https://twitter.com/SydHighFootball

Please Note:

  • All boys must turn up at least 45 minutes before the start of their match.
  • They must be turning up in SBHS football uniform and if they wish to wear a track suit this must also be SBHS tack suit.
  • Make sure they drink plenty of water and carry a drink bottle with them to training and fixtures.
  • If you are unavailable to play you MUST notify your coach well in advance. Just doing it online is not sufficient.

Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful season. Have a very safe and enjoyable holiday break.
Geoff Tesoriero
MIC of Football

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit


Holiday training

Week 1 – Tuesday 10am Coogee (1sts only)
Week 2 - Monday (1sts/2nds only), Wednesday (all teams) and Friday (all teams) 9.30-11.00am @ MPW.

Game schedule for the remainder of the season

Date Game
July 19 High v Newington
July 26 Riverview v High
Aug 2 High v Joeys
Aug 9 High v Kings
Aug 16 Shore v High
Aug 23 Armidale v High
Sep 6 High v Grammar
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Cricket Report

SBHS Representative

As I am sure many of you have heard about an Australian Cricketer, Sam Robson, being selected to represent England (yes another non English player) in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka. Sam attended SBHS for one year back in 2005 and played for the 1st XI. His role as a young Year 10 student within the side was an all-rounder. Most notable performances for the season were:

Round 5 - Scots 74 (S Robson 3/11) & 8-213dec. defeated by High 94 & 7-140 (S Robson 34)
Round 6 - High 219 & 4/30 defeated St Joseph’s 95 (S Robson 3/13) & 194.

In just his second Test Sam Robson, also the son of one of our staff members (Ros Robson), knocked up his debut century scoring 127. Congratulations to Sam and his family.
Geoff Tesoriero
MIC of Cricket

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Fencing Update

Congratulations to John Tian who, on Saturday 14th June, won the gold medal in the individual epee championships, held in Brisbane.

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Community Service: Jeans for Genes Permission Note

25 June 2014

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

The Children’s Medical Research Institute is seeking help from Sydney Boys High School senior students to fundraise in Sydney’s CBD on Jeans for Genes Day, Friday 1 August, from 6.25am-9.00am.

SBHS students will be paired to raise money for the CMRI, under the direction of their adult Site Coordinator.

Participants must read the ‘Jeans for Genes Day Permission Note Page 2’ (see R-drive) in advance and bring it to their check-in location.  Students should arrive on time and be well presented in (clean and pressed) school uniform.  However, instead of grey uniform pants they should wear their favourite blue denim jeans.  Please note:  Volunteering students will be permitted to wear blue jeans to class on 1 August.

Attached is a permission note, which needs to be signed and returned by 3pm Tuesday 22 July - either via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to the box outside Mr Phillipson’s door.  Volunteer numbers are limited, so those returning completed notes earliest will have priority to participate.

We congratulate your son on his interest in fundraising for research to prevent diseases relating to embryology, gene therapy, neuroscience and cancer.  Thank you for your supporting this worthy cause.

Mr Phillipson
Community Service Coordinator

The Jeans for Genes Day participation permission note 
isis available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Football Holiday Training

Dear Football players and families,

Over the holiday break we will be conducting three football training sessions open to all players in all age groups. We will split the groups up into juniors (U13-U14) and seniors (U15-Opens). There will be no official staff member on duty, but we will have four of our football coaches looking after the boys. Details are:

Senior Coaches:
Vincenzo Crimi (3rd XI Coach)
Ilan Bermeister (4th XI Coach)

Junior Coaches:
Lucas da Silva Pacheco (14As Coach)
Kudzai Donald (15Bs Coach)

Monday 7th July from 10am-1pm
Wednesday 9th July from 10am-1pm
Friday 11th July from 10am-1pm

All sessions will be on Parade Grounds (inside Centennial Park, next to the café)

$65 per student. This will cover the cost of the coaches and hiring of the fields. You will be invoiced in Term 3.

Boys may wear any top and shorts, but must have long socks, boots and shin pads.

Food and Beverages:
Boys are required to bring their own food and drinks.

Please email Mr Geoff Tesoriero This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 4th July to confirm your place.

Geoff Tesoriero
MIC Football
A: Moore Park, Surry Hills NSW 2010
M: 0414 273 307
E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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

State of Origin - a distant second?

Despite the biggest television audience of the year for last week’s State of Origin match, a large crowd of parents and students attended the SBHS-SGHS Joint P&C meeting and enjoyed a dynamic presentation from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on “a life in the sciences”. The presentation mixed the humorous with the profound and the numerous questions after the presentation highlighted the deep interest in the subject matter.

The SBHS P&C would like to thank Dr Karl for his generosity, which included staying on well after the end of the presentation for photos with parents and students.  The attendance and support of the Principals of the two schools, Ms. June Vickers (relieving) and Dr Jaggar was much appreciated. Thank you to the many members of the SGHS P&C Executive who supported the event. To Glynis Bartley and the wonderful parents and students who contributed to the success of the evening- helping with setup, cooking, serving, cleaning and packing up - we are in your debt as always. Finally, thank you to the nearly two hundred parents and students who made the effort to come along on the night - perhaps a case of science over “the sweet science”.

Volunteer(s) Needed

A reminder that the SBHS P&C is seeking the help of parents with a background in law, legal drafting and/or incorporated and unincorporated associations to help in reviewing the P&C’s structure, governance and constitution.  The P&C executive is looking to complete the review by Term 1, 2015.  If you are able to help, please contact Ian Sweeting at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Next P&C Meeting

Our next general P&C meeting will be held in the Staff Common Room on Monday 11 August at 6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

First Day of Term 3 (for students)– Tuesday 15 July

Ian Sweeting

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From the Canteen

Thank you  to everyone who has helped out in the canteen this term, but a special thanks must go to Theothe Tsiribas for being our emergency person week after week every Friday, popping in to serve the boys and to Julie Fox for last minute stand in days when we are short  of volunteers.  We are extremely grateful for this help.

Thank you to last week’s volunteers:-

MON: Jeannie Vye, Julie Fox
TUE: Sharon Hughes, Grace Chung, Lynn Chen
WED: Hiroko Kitajima, Fumiko H Cheong, Jackey Cheng
THUR: Bernadette Snow, Ming Ming Lee,Changzi Wang
FRI: Jenny Beer,Jasmine Huang, 

Enjoy the holidays.
Sharon Hughes

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Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11

Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11 close 29 July 2014

Application forms available from the school or at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys

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Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

For existing or enrolling students in Years 7 - 9 who meet the scholarship selection criteria.
To apply for a scholarship visit: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys

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