High Notes, Vol 15 No 26, August 22 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Daniel Fang of Year 12 who has been announced as the National Winner of the UNSW Australian and NZ Economics Competition! Thomas Shortrdige and Max Koslowski came second out of 200 teams in the Dr Evatt UN Competition and will now represent NSW at the National Finals in December – a great effort! At the National Model United Nations Competition, Thomas Shortridge, Andrew McNaughton and Thomas Nguyen came third against some older opponents. Good job, boys!  GPS Combined representatives to go to the CIS carnival are: James Cai, Eugene Lee, Leonard Mah, Conor McGrath, Brandon Nguyen, Pete Upatising and Lucas Wong – very well done indeed! Daniel Arzani, who left High this year to study at the AIS, has been selected in the Australian U17s team to play a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Thailand. Well done to the first XV who came back in the second half to record a worthy win against quality opposition at Shore last Saturday. Of equal note was the first XI’s come-from-behind away draw against St Ignatius. An impressive effort by all!

Prefect  Interns Elected
Thirty-six boys were elected by staff and students in this week’s Prefect Intern election. I congratulate all the successful candidates. I want to thank all the boys who qualified to have their names included on the ballot. I know that there were many deserving boys who have shown leadership qualities but were unsuccessful. I commiserate with them, but disappointment is a part of the democratic process. I trust that these boys will show the resilience for which High boys are admired and redirect their energies into other leadership endeavours in the next twelve months.

Early Migration to Oliver Library System
High will be one of the first schools outside of the 229 LMBR pilot schools to migrate from OASIS Library to the new Library System – Oliver. The new system is web based and offers significant improvements for library processes. Oliver also creates opportunities for enhancing student learning. For example, it provides the integration ability for the school to purchase and use e-books and other digital materials. Given the growing age and unreliability of the existing system and the fact that it is completely separate and independent from SALM and LMBR, I have accepted the offer for early migration. The 12-week implementation period for the first group of schools will commence in the last week of October this year. The migration will take place in early March 2015.

School-wide Printing Solution
Several of our photocopiers and one of our print room machines are out of warranty. We are consequently at a crossroads and need to make a decision to purchase replacement equipment or seek another solution. After in-depth research by our IT team, David and James have recommended that the school should lease all its printers and photocopiers to avail ourselves of a system discount. We will receive cash back for any machines still under warranty. A negative will be that the Océ printer, which has three years left to run on its warranty, will be written off and removed. However, it hasn’t been a great machine and the company supplying it has been bought out. A positive is that the school will have a manageable annual lease payment, smoothing out budgetary concerns over the next few years. Costs per copy will rise, but printing costs to students will fall in the case of colour copying at least. The deal seemed to be better all round, so I have signed up.  

Joint Project – The Governors Centre
The Tender Evaluation Team has completed assessing tenders for Head Designer and has made a recommendation which was endorsed last Thursday by the PCG. The TET worked very well together over several weeks to reach unanimous agreement on the preferred tenderer. The recommended tenderer has to be approved by DEC prior to a formal contract letter being prepared. The pace of progress will accelerate over the next few months as each school commits >$300k to getting a design worked up for PCG approval. At this exciting time I would like to take the opportunity to thank all donors to the project, past and present and hope that they will continue to support the SHS Building Fund to move the project to construction commencement stage in Q3, 2015.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From English

Writer's Block

Students in 7EnS were asked to compose a quote about writing. Here are a few responses:

‘Writing is a gateway to the land of dreams: wondrous creatures, great machines, ancient magic - this is the way that the maelstrom of ideas becomes real.’

‘Coming up with new ideas every day is like trying to separate salt from water: It’s there but you can’t take it out.’

‘Writing is like life. You can’t make your characters too mean or too nice, or your piece will crumble into unrealism.’

‘Writing is like an itch; once you start you can’t stop.’

‘Writing is like a flame. When the air is gone it fades away.’

‘Writing is highly original. There is a thrill in knowing that no one has ever written this before.’

Mr A Hayman

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Year 10 Peer Support and Big Brother Assembly

All Year 10 students who have successfully completed all requirements for Peer Support this year and Big Brother at the end of last year will be presented to the school at a formal assembly on Thursday 28th August from 9:50am-10:40am. Parents of these students are welcome to come along to watch the assembly.

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers over the past two weeks, without your help we could not provide the healthy homemade foods we prepare to feed our hungry boys. 

Week of 4 August
MON: Pam Jepson, Yoshi Ita Leong,
TUES: Frank (Yu Liu), Long Nguyen, Penny Chan,
WED: George Haddo, Kunti Ranade, Cindy Tseu, Jenny Chiu,
THUR: Pit Trent, Xing Ping Zhang, Jenny King,
FRI: Soogie Sim, Sam Guo, Nina Ilina Liu,

Week of 11 August
MON: Maria Simic, Tina Chang,
TUE: Tina Chang, Penny Chan,
WED: George Haddo, Jim O'Sullivan, Yan Yin, Julie Fox,
THUR: Rita Wu,Tina Chen, Mini Jusmin,
FRI: Jenny Beer, Iris Lau, Lien Tran, Ha Tran,

Extra thanks to Penny Chan, Tina Chang and Julie Fox for backing up twice when we were short of volunteers and to George Haddo for coming in every Wednesday morning.

We very much appreciate all our canteen volunteers giving their time to help out at High.
Sharon Hughes

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From the High Store

9th Sept through till the 19th Sept.

Stam Farrugia & Cindy Tseu have kindly volunteered to open the store
On Friday 12th Sept 10.30am – 1.30pm for your convenience.
No exchanges will be processed on this day.
The store will re-open first day back Term 4


Foldable Chair with SHS crest. Great for dad to watch your match 
Normally $50  NOW $25

Limited Time Sale Ends 5th Sept

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P&C Awards - Writing Competition

Writing Competition

Entries Close: Wednesday 17th September (9am)       

Entries to:
Junior Library
Senior Library
(N.B. late entries not accepted)

Write an opinion piece in response to the following topic:

‘In an increasingly complex social and political world, freedom of speech is a fundamental cornerstone of our humanity’.


  • Entries must be presented in a typed format (12 point) and must be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • The entrant’s name and year level must be clearly displayed on the front page of the published text.


  • Senior Prize (10 – 12)
  • Junior Prize (7 - 9)

Judging will take place at the end of Term 3 and winners announced early in Term 4. Prizes will be awarded at Presentation Night in February.

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit


High vs. Shore

Well done to the 1st XV who played an exceptional game to come from a try down to win. It was running Rugby at its best and showed the improvements the team has made over the course of this season.

Try of the week – Joshua Leo 1st XV
Team of the week – 14Bs

Rugby Dinner

Friday 12 September 2014.  6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.

Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters.

Players to wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.

To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.

$35 per person.
Payable to the school office by Monday 8 September.
Maximum seating 220.

Soft drinks and mineral water provided.

Game schedule for the remainder of the season

Date Game
Aug 23 Armidale vs High
Sep 6 High vs Grammar

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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SBHS Football

Football Results – 2014 Term 3 Week 5

Team Against Result Scorers
GPS Round 4
1st XI Riverview 1st XI Drew 2 – 2 Adilmorad Nadir (2)
2nd XI Riverview 2nd XI Lost 0 – 6
3rd XI Riverview 3rd XI Drew 0 – 0
4th XI Riverview 4th XI Drew 0 – 0
5th XI Riverview 5th XI Lost 2 – 3 Bill Zhaung, James Chee
6th XI Riverview 6th XI Lost 2 – 5 Anthony Huynh, James Lian
7th XI Riverview 7th XI Lost 0 – 6
8th XI Riverview 8th XI Lost 0 – 4
9th XI Riverview 9th XI Drew 1 – 1 Eatrend Wang
10 XI Riverview 10th XI N/A
16A XI Riverview 16A Lost 0 – 8
16B XI Riverview 16B Lost 0 – 9
16C XI Riverview 16C Lost 0 – 6
16D XI Grammar 16E Won 1 – 0 Josh King
16E XI King’s 16E Won 3 – 0 Jason Zhu (3)
15A XI Riverview 15A Lost 0 – 5
15B XI Riverview 15B Lost 0 – 5
15C XI Riverview 15C Lost 1 – 2 Vincent Lam
15D XI Riverview 15D Lost 0 – 3
15E XI Riverview 15E Drew 0 – 0
14A XI Riverview 14A Lost 1 – 8 Daniel Thich
14B XI Riverview 14B Lost 0 – 1
14C XI Riverview 14C Drew 0 – 0
14D XI Grammar 14D Lost 0 – 7
14E XI Riverview 14D Drew 2 – 2 Jason Wang, Anderson Chan
13A XI Riverview 13A Drew 1 – 1 Syed Mahmood
13B XI Riverview 13B Lost 0 – 3
13C XI Grammar 13D Lost 0 – 4
13D XI Grammar 13F Lost 0 – 7
13E XI Riverview 13C Lost 1 – 2 Geoffrey Tan
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Football Report

Last Saturday we came up against the highly competitive St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. They have won 10 of the last 15 premierships so we knew coming into this that it was going to be no easy feat. The results may not look positive, but there is always something we can take out of this and that is the results of our 1st-4th XI. This proves with a lot of hard work, good attitude and wanting to play to our best ability for the school week in and week out the results will come our way. Our 4th XI once again put in a strong performance that continually set the standard for our top three teams.  Along with the 3rd XI both sides had opportunities to score, but ended up with what was a fair result 0-0. The 2nd XI are the result of having seven players missing from our 1st/2nd XI squad. This can unsettle the team whereby they have to continually change their structure. This is why we are even more proud of our 1st XI to come away with a 2-2 draw. Last year we were beaten 1-9 and coming into this game the Riverview boys were already looking at a win before kick-off. Our boys played extremely well being the enforcers and deservedly taking a 1-0 lead into the half time break thanks to a great header over the keepers head into the corner by Adil Nadir. In the second half Riverview knew they had to score quickly to get themselves back into the game. They stepped up the tempo and challenged our boys. Unfortunately we conceded two goals in five minutes with Riverview now believing they will race away with the win. Once again, and I have been writing about this for the past four weeks, our boys attitude has been superb and continued to play hard. We pushed forward and with about 10 minutes remaining we were tackled inside the penalty box with Adil converting from the spot and scoring his second goal for that match. We were very pleased with our boys with their work ethic and attitude to continually play for the whole 80 minutes. We are currently sitting in fourth place on the ladder. Next week we have Scots who Joeys beat 2-1 over the weekend, which gives us a lot of hope knowing we drew with Joeys.

The team of the week goes to a team that has improved dramatically over the past couple of weeks. This goes to our 13As who over the course of the season have had very strong opposition and have had some big defeats. The previous week against Newington they only lost 0-3 and last Saturday against Riverview they came away with 1-1 draw. This is evidence of hard work and dedication to continually aim for improvement. The 13Es should also be proud of their efforts scoring their first goal for the season with loud applause coming from the side line. Eatrend Wang once again continues to notch up his scoring tally to 12 for the GPS season (not including his 10 in one match in a trial game).

With heavy rain forecast for the week and weekend we are still aiming to make sure we get as many games on as possible for our 5th round match against Scots. Scots will be an even contest across the board and hopefully we get some positive results to go our way and reward our boys for their strong work ethic.

We have also confirmed a date for our end of season Football prize giving night. This will be held on Saturday 13th September starting at 5pm in the Great Hall. I will be attaching the flyer and emailing it out to all families. Seats are limited to 220 so please get in fast to guarantee a spot. I will make preference to families whose boys will be receiving a prize.

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 track 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.
Geoff Tesoriero
MIC Football

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From Fencing

Senior Captain’s Fencing Report

On Saturday 2nd August, three fencing teams from Sydney Boys High competed in the National Championships in Brisbane. Both our first grade sabre and epee teams achieved an impressive result, taking out the gold and silver medals respectively. This is an improvement upon our results from last year when we won gold in sabre and placed fourth in epee. Our recent success is largely due to the dedication and hard work of all our fencers and, as captain, I would like congratulate every member in these teams. I would also like to thank our MIC, Mr Higgins, and Chi Mao in Year 11 for organising our plane tickets. A special thank you needs to go to Mr Huynh for being our coach and ‘babysitter’ over our weekend in Brisbane. Lastly, I would like to thank the UNSW coaches, Leo and Arash for their intense training schedules and invaluable bits of advice leading up to the Nationals. On a final note, I would like to wish all of our fencers the best of luck in the final few competitions leading up to the end of season.
Lut Ming Chan

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Chess News

Congratulations to our Intermediate B team who will play Trinity in the Metropolitan East semi final this week.

The players are Wesley Yu, Ahad-Anhiang Zafar, William Weber, Sean Zhang, Andrew Xu
Rowena Barr
MIC chess

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Volleyball Notes

Come and support our final match for the season….

On the 23rd August Sydney High will host Grammar in our last match for the season.  If Sydney High wins we will be the 2014 GPS Volleyball Champions. Your support at this match could help give our boys that winning edge so come along and be prepared for a great end to the volleyball season.  The 1st grade match starts at 11.30 am.

In addition we are also hosting an Old Boys match - High v Grammar to celebrate 20 years of volleyball at High.  The Old Boys from both schools are preparing themselves for a competitive meeting that will undoubtedly provide great entertainment for those watching.  The Old Boys game starts at 10.00am.  BBQ food will be available on the day.

GPS Volleyball Results

Date: 16/08/14
Opposition: Scots College

1st Grade 3-0
2nd Grade 3-0
 3rd Grade 3-0

(#) = number of contacts

Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 93% Aidin (15) 1st 96% Sunchit (27)
1st 80% Gordon. (15) 2nd 81% Ryan (16)
3rd 80% Yu-Peng (10) 3rd 67% Niyaz (9) Harry (3)
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 33% Aidin (15) 1st 51% Sunchit (27)
2nd   6% Gordon (15) 2nd 33% Harry (3)
3rd - - 3rd 19% Ryan (16)
% of spikes kept in play 1st 91% Kevin R. (11) 1st 100% Supan (10)
2nd 85% Pinyan (14) 2nd 80% Nick (5)
3rd 82% Aidin (11) 3rd 80% Ryan (15)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 75% Kevin Lu 1st 80%   Nick (5)
2nd 55% Kevin R (11) 2nd 50% Supan (10)
3rd 36% Pinyan (14) 3rd 40% Ryan (15)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 80%   Aidin (5) 1st - -
2nd   75% Gordon (4) 2nd - -
3rd 3rd - -
% of blocks that were kills 1st 50% Gordon (4) 1st - -
2nd 40% Aidin (5) 2nd - -
3rd - - 3rd - -
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 100% Kevin R. (6) 1st  100% Anes (4)
1st 100% Byron (4) 2nd 67% Supan (6)
3rd 80% Sean (15) 3rd    29% Jaiden (7)
Freeball Reception Passing accuracy 1st 92% Sean (12) 1st 13% Ryan (8)
2nd 88% Gordon (8) 2nd - -
3rd 83% Aidin (6) 3rd - -

M Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Annual Football Dinner 2014

SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner. Events such as these are therefore a great opportunity for students and parents to meet all the other friendly faces in the HIGH Football Community. Each team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved

When: Saturday, 13th September 2014. 4:30pm for 5:00pm start.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
Cost: $35 per person, please pay at the school front office.
RSVP: Monday the 8th September
Dress: All students must wear full school uniform
Beverages: BYO

*Vegetarian and halal diets catered for

Please return the [RSVP form] with your payment to the main office.

The coach of each team will be invited to attend the dinner as a guest.

Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach.


The Sydney High Football Dinner 2014 RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2014

Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting

Sunday, 14th September 2014, 12:30pm

The Great Hall, SBHS

Rifle Students (compulsory) , parents, coaches and supporters Dress-Full school uniform for students, smart casual for visitors

To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and support staff.

$35/person. Payable to the school office by Wednesday 3rd September. 

The End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2014 RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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2014 HSC Showcase

Celebrating the achievements of the HSC Music and Visual Arts students

The Sydney Boys High School 2014 HSC Showcase Concert and Art Exhibition will be held in the Great Hall over two evenings:

Monday 25 August 2014
Tuesday 26 August 2014

5:00pm to 7:00pm

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Debating Dinner 2014

Sydney Boys High School
2014 Debating Dinner

Date: Saturday 6th September, 2014

Where: The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Price: $35 per person

Tickets: Available from the Front Office

Ticket sales close Monday 1st September, 2014

*Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in ‘The Great Debate’!*

The 2014 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available in 
the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Open Day 2014

Sydney Boys High School Open Day
Thursday 4 September 2014
9:30am - 12:00pm

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys
Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010

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