High Notes, Vol 7 No 18, June 16 2006

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our volleyball first grade team who won the Metropolitan Schools Tournament last weekend. This is a gruelling 6-game knockout competition that tests team work, skill, stamina and squad cohesion. The boys are in good form as we get into the GPS and CHS season.

250th Edition of High Notes (2000-2006)
This week we are celebrating the 250th edition of High Notes since I became Principal in January, 2000. The publication has evolved from a few stapled sheets into a booklet of a couple of dozen pages. I hope the regularity of its publication has both provided a forum for more school community groups to communicate to the school and with each other, and a vehicle for staff and students to let students, parents and Old Boys know what the school is doing. It has occupied much of the time of several editors, notably Sue McGuinness and lately Lynne Williams. I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the school community for their efforts to enhance communication at High. Remember that you can have an electronic version emailed to you just by registering your email address with the school.

Take it Home Competition Mark 2
In an effort to have boys take home the High Notes AND get it out of their bags, we are holding our second ‘take it home competition’ this time targeted at the junior school – Years 7-9. The competition rules are simple. Take the High Notes and its insert home. Answer some simple questions about High Notes and the insert on the entry form in High Notes. Get a parent to sign the entry form. Tear out the form and return it to the box at the office. $50 shopping vouchers, two for one movie deals and a free golf game are the prizes. Be rewarded for doing what you should be doing anyway!

Safely Crossing Anzac Parade
I received an email from a concerned motorist about boys crossing Anzac Parade inappropriately. Walking diagonally from the school to the median strip, walking down the median strip to the crossing, running across the road contrary to the lights – all these observed behaviours are potentially dangerous. I have spoken to the boys about these practices at our recent assemblies. I ask that parents reinforce the message about complying with the school’s road safety policy.

Liaison Parents for Year Groups
We have had our first volunteer to help spread the word in a community language about the activities of the school and its plans for the future. We need others to assist each Year Group contact people in their own Year. If you can spare some time to summarise and translate into Mandarin or another language, please contact your Year Group committee.

Cohort Assemblies
Following the plan to create a school within a school, this week we had two assemblies where the audience was first Years 7-9 and next period, 10-12. Many speakers showcased achievements of boys in their cohort. Invited guests outlined the effects of our charity work and publicly thanked the boys for their efforts. Musical items, presentations of trophies and students detailing activities of their Year, enlivened the proceedings. We are planning to have theme based cohort assemblies each term.

Speed Enhancement Training
Sessions Coaches in particular sports expect to start with fit players. Our speed can’t match our competitors in most matches. We need to improve our speed to be competitive. The school is going to provide expert speed enhancement and endurance sessions for Years 10-12 at 1530 every Monday afternoon, commencing next week. Similar sessions will be held for Years 7-9 on Wednesday afternoons. All first and second grade players will be expected to attend for all winter sports except cross-country running.
Dr K Jaggar
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International Mathematics Olympiad

Recently Vinh Pham (Year 12) was officially selected to represent Australia at the 2006 International Mathematics Olympiad (IM), while I was selected a reserve for the Team. This selection was determined from results in four exams earlier in the year.

The first selection exam was the 2 day Australian Mathematics Olympiad, which the top 100 students in Australia are invited to participate in. In this exam, Vinh came 6th in Australia while I came 8th. The top 25 from the exam were then invited to participate in the Asia-Pacific Mathematics Olympiad – a competition for competitors from 21 Pacific Rim nations. In this exam, Vinh finished 8th in Australia and I finished 11th.

From these two results, we were both invited to the IMO Selection Camp held in Sydney in April. The top ten at this camp sat the final two selection exams (unfortunately held on Easter Saturday and Sunday) and from the combined results at these four exams, Vinh was selected to be a member of the team, while I was selected as the reserve.

As a member of the team, Vinh will travel to Rome for the final training camp and then to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The IMO is a competition for high school students from over 90 countries and consists of two 4.5 hour papers with a total of six questions. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to half the students in the ratio 1:2:3. Only 11 Australians have ever won a gold medal, the last of whom was Ivan Guo from Sydney Boys in 2004.
Anthony Morris (Year 11)
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Chinese Eisteddfod
The 2006 National Chinese Eisteddfod took place recently at Burwood Girls’ High School. More than 3000 candidates participated in this year’s Eisteddfod. This annual event is a poetry and prose-recital competition that provides students with the opportunity to use their acquired Chinese language skills and also to appreciate Chinese literature. Our school participated in both individual and group competitions with 27 individual entries and 3 group entries.

This year’s Eisteddfod was highly competitive as usual. Our boys were in the Native Speakers’ groups, although most of them were born in Australia. It was very tough competing with lots of students who only recently arrived in Australia from China. Our boys showed great enthusiasm and strength and achieved so many awards.

Congratulations to 15 boys from Year 8 Chinese community classes: Jun Gao, Austyn Guo, Hugh Huang, Lawrence Li, Merlin Li, Justin Liang, Richard Lin, Andy Liu, Yixin Liu, Daniel Luo, Guangzhi Niu, Oliver Wu, Adrian Zhang, Michael Wang and Harry Zhuang. They won 1st prize in the 13-15 years old group competition. Well done, boys!

In the 13-15 age group, Tom Sun and Edward Lu both received 1st place in their categories, Jacob Cao came 2nd in his, Shorson Zhang gained 3rd place, Gareth Chan and Jacky Li both won 4th position in their category with their outstanding performances. Congratulations to all of you!

Leo Cheng and Jeffrey Xie both achieved 2nd prizes in the 16-18 age groups with their unique and impressive recitals. Fantastic!

Congratulations to all boys who took part in this event for your dedication and achievement. Although it was a bit disappointing that some of our candidates missed out on awards after their hard work, I am sure you impressed a lot of the audience including me and the experience that you gained through these eisteddfods will definitely benefit you in future learning.

Huge thanks to parents who gave immense encouragement and support. It was great to see families being so involved. I am proud of our boys, not only because of their language abilities, intelligence, effort and awards, but also the honour they have brought to Sydney Boys High.
Willa Zhang
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Letter from an Old Boy...

Dear Dr Jaggar

It was with great pleasure and pride that I watched the Footy Show on channel Nine last Thursday night and saw the prefects and cadets representing our school at the Sir Roden Cutler wheelchair push.

They looked splendid in their uniforms, particularly the prefects in their distinct chocolate blazers, and did themselves and the school proud. Being a prefect in Year 12 I believed it to be an honour to be wearing the gold reef and prefects pocket and I am sure that by their actions last week these boys do as well. The boys should be commended for representing the school on national television (even international television with the Footy Show being beamed to NZ and other rugby league countries) in such a fine manner as I am sure they already have.

It was also with pride that I saw the Sydney High Marching Band during the ANZAC Day march. As with the prefects they represented the school with distinction and having been a member of the music program for all of my 6 years at High I envied the chance that these boys had to play at such a special occasion.

Being only a recent Old Boy (1998...although our 10 year reunion is coming up soon!!!) I am pleased to see that the school spirit that I felt and still feel is still present in the current students. In a time of changing values and preferences for the younger generation and their parents it is pleasing to see that the boys that attend our fine school still learn that life is more than academic achievement and place a strong value on being part of a special school community and take pride in attending the unique Sydney High.

My congratulations to all concerned with the above events, and my congratulations to yourself and the staff, many of whom were present in my day, for continuing to make our school one the finest in the country.

Kindest Regards
(James J Solomons '98)
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Thank You - P & C Parking

A huge thank you to the many parents and students who braved the miserable weather on Saturday evening 10th June to help with the Swans parking.

Thanks to Serdar for his organisation and to Roger Lindeback, Tom (10) and Nick (9) Scott Umbers and Campbell (8) Dan Wang, Ai Ling Wang and Vincent (7T) Paul Koerber and Alex (8M) Harleen Kaur and Angud Chawla (8T) Anita Bezjak and Jonah Petrie (7R) Jules Bastables and Jimari (8E) Roshan Karunaratne (11) John Evans Keen Wan and Wei Sean Wan (8M)
Lyndell Evans
P & C Parking Co-ordinator

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Year 12 Parents Dinner Invitation

Let’s all get together for dinner during our boys’ final year at school.

Date: Friday 23rd June
Time: 7 pm
Place: Maya Da Dhaba Indian Restaurant 431 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Cost: Around $28 per person for a mixed banquet (including vegetarian dishes).

Please indicate your interest so we know how many to book for.

Sue Levy and Antoinette Farrow
Year 12 Parent Reps.
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Year 9 Camp Report

At 9:00 am on the 8 May 2006, 157 eager Year 9 students set off on a journey to Cataract Park on our three day annual camp. It was both exciting and an opportunity for us young men to get out of our comfort zones. The journey there was very exciting considering you had the sound of two mates singing Red Hot Chili Peppers ringing in your eardrums. Anyway once we got there, we were divided into our groups, with half the cohort spending the first night at Sandy Plateau in freezing conditions. The others would stay in the lodges for the night then go to Sandy Plateau on the second night.

The activities we participated in were designed to expand our comfort zones, and included pioneering, caving, Challenge Valley and giant swing at base camp, and abseiling, rock-climbing and orienteering out at Sandy Plateau. Most people participated in all the activities. Challenge Valley was particularly hard and it was the coldest that I have felt. That aside, the activities were exciting and rewarding.

Camping out in the cold was quite an experience, but better than many expected. Thanks to Mr. Fuller, my group camped out in luxury.

Overall, the camp was a good experience and Year 8 should look forward to next year’s camp.
Sam Burnham
Avish Sharma
Matthew Ling

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Boggabilla Exchange

I looked forward to seeing some familiar faces on Boggabilla Central School's return to Sydney. I attended the other end of the exchange, last year, going up to Boggabilla (in North-Western NSW), which was a truly unforgettable experience.

I arrived on Monday, not quite sure what to expect as I had never billeted before. After a brief introduction and formalities, it was off to see Boori Pryor. A multi-talented man who shared a couple of good yarns, but more importantly discussed issues within the Indigenous community. His story was a true inspiration to us all.

Off to the Powerhouse Museum to make some music. This was an experience both the Bogga and High kids loved. 'Az and the Hunter D's Brooklyn Remix' is definitely one for the ages. On the way back we had some trouble navigating through the traffic, and dropped off Drew (a teacher at BCS) went to attempt to gain his bus licence. (Unfortunately, he failed)

It was then time for the unexpected. The Bogga kids going home to their billets. I took in John and his cousin Mervyn, they were great blokes. John, a Brisbane and Queensland supporter, Mervyn and myself Roosters and NSW Blues supporters. After a quick, wet tour of the Eastern Suburbs, it was time to get a long sleep as a massive day was ahead of us.

Wednesday, marked Boggabilla's visit to the Aquarium and lunch with Sadem Aiken lawyers. Unfortunately, the High boys could not attend. Wednesday, also marked Mr Barris's stern talking to us, on the topic of getting back from Origin. It was a great game of rugby league, but the lack of atmosphere was disappointing. On the contrary, Lachlan and Eddy's singing, dancing, comedy and 1sts football 'in' jokes, added a great deal of excitement to the night. Despite the best-laid plans it was a very, very late night. We only just caught the last bus back.

We were all pretty tired backing up for school on Thursday. This was Boggabilla's final day in Sydney, they surfed at Maroubra Beach, played touch and exchanged formalities. Luckily, the beginning of the week's arctic chill had passed.

Summing up, this was yet another unforgettable week with the Boggabilla boys and girls. It also helped me academically, complementing the work I was doing in English: Indigenous studies and; Aboriginal history in Australian history. Academics aside, I made plenty of new friends, had the opportunity to interact with another culture and gained insight into their lives and vice versa. I would strongly recommend next time BCS comes back that you billet, and you too can partake in the benefits of a cultural exchange.
Neil Street
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High Wins Metro Cup
First Grade showed their versatility and depth to win the Open Division of last weekend’s Metro Schools Tournament held at Olympic Park.

The tournament featured a strong field from all over the state although many schools (including High) were playing without key players due to NSW CHS representative commitments.

High met Baulkam Hills, Knox, Sydney North U17s, and the NSW U16s to win a place against Great Lakes Secondary College in the semi. Strong Hitting by Terry Ly and Victor Nguyen in plays set up by Alex Le allowed High to overcome a depleted Great Lakes team in straight sets. The highlight of this game was a brilliantly executed “B quick” play set by Alex and completed by Warren. The ball hit the floor hard on the Great Lakes 3 metre line before they had time to make any defensive preparation.

The Final was against Blue Mountains Grammar. BMG was a tall and strong team. They worked out that High was pressuring the match pace and attempted to copy the strategy but lacked the necessary drilling and athleticism to cut time between points. The greater focus on fitness during 1st grade trainings this year paid off in this match.

Profile of players contributing to the tournament victory
– A prolific point scorer and the dominant outside hitter of the tournament.
Victor - Usually sets but did a great job playing outside hitter. Can hit from any position on the court and is difficult to block.
Alex - Led from the front with a disciplined display of setting. His best performance to date.
Jamie - Tremendous court coverage and plays an important role in team cohesion.
Warren – Hit the spike of the tournament. Great Lakes still don’t know happened.
Weiping - His high work rate firms up the middle of the court. Dependable in all positions.
Danny - Our best blocker with intuitive positioning and timing. Provides strong defence on the right and a natural setter.
Sam - Captain. Plays any position and works hard whether on or off the court
Ping - Strong middle blocker/hitter whose positive attitude has had a lot to do with the team’s success this year.
David - The vocal motivator of the team. Can play any position and will go all day.
Oli – Talented all rounder but was unavailable for most of the day due to NSW rep commitments.

Year 8 Metro Volleyball
On Sunday 11 June, our two Year 8 Volleyball teams headed off to Olympic Stadium for the Metro Schools Volleyball Tournament. The boys taking part were: Aaron H., Hugh H., Patrick L., Jacky P., Rehan S, Daniel S, James T, Campbell U, Tony W, Sean W, Erick W, Ivan L, Lawrence L and Vlad B.

Both teams played extremely well, although we were playing Year 9 boys who were more experienced than us. The games started at around 9:00 am when we played Westfields. We lost to them but they were a very good team who could spike exceptionally well. Next we played a series of Year 9 teams who also defeated us, but only just. Finally we played Baulkham Hills School. One of our teams lost by a fraction, while the other team won! All in all we enjoyed the tournament and had a good time playing.
James Toohey
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From Chess

Round 6 of the preliminary competition rounds saw the Seniors defeated by Homebush Boys. Sydney Technical drew with our Intermediate A Team 2-2, the Bs had a bye. In Junior division the A team had another 4-0 win, this time against Fort Street B, Cs were 3.5 -0.5 over St. Andrews , Bs suffered a gallant defeat 0-4 to the highly rated Scots A team and the Ds overcame Sydney Tech A 3-1.
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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Year 7 - 12
Thursday 29 June
3:00PM - 7.00 PM

Please note the following arrangements –

  • Boys will be dismissed from class at the conclusion of Period 5 (2:15 pm) on this day. School Special buses will run to normal schedules and there will be supervision in the Junior Quad of boys waiting for these buses.
  • All boys will be issued with details of arrangements for interviews. They should complete the Record of Appointments section in consultation with teachers. It is the responsibility of boys to negotiate interview appointment times with their teachers.
  • Details of interview times with teachers should be recorded in the Record of Appointments section of this booklet. Teachers will sign to confirm the appointment.
  • If a teacher is unavailable this fact should be recorded in the Record of Appointments section and signed by the teacher as confirmation.
  • All interviews will take place in classrooms on the upper floor of the Main Building and the Killip Wing. A map and details of locations of teachers have been provided.
  • Interviews should not exceed five minutes’ duration. If there is insufficient time, a further appointment may be made for a later date, or contact by telephone arranged.
  • Timing of appointments should allow for movement from one location to another between interviews.
  • Tea and coffee will be available for parents throughout the evening in the Staff Common Room.
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High Rugby Friends

High Rugby Friends Inc. (HRF) is a non-profit association that has been set up to support the rugby program at the school. It aims to:

  • Regenerate the rugby program and restore a winning culture
  • Create an active, social network of Old Boys, parents and friends of the school

Boys: Get online to view the most recent High rugby news, results and photos. Also, get in touch with us through the site, to let us know what you think HRF can do to assist the rugby committee.

Parents: Make the most of this opportunity to support the rugby program at High. Join HRF today, and it will be your boys that benefit!

The success of HRF depends almost entirely on membership, so spread the word and help get other members of the High community involved too!

To find out more, visit: www.highrugbyfriends.com
Be Proud. Get Involved. Join High Rugby Friends!
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Football: The Onion Bag

With no games due to the long weekend, it gave us the opportunity to focus our ‘footballing’ attention on the other football competition currently taking place in Germany. And what a start at the World Cup for Australia! What was most impressive with the game was the steely resolve and determination shown by all the players when trailing 1-nil late in the game. Bring on Brazil!

For developing players there is no better way to improve your game than to watch how the best in the world play. When watching the games, try to look beyond the obvious spectacular highlights such as the flicks, the nutmegs, back heels and goal celebrations.

Try to spot the difference between the good and the great. Focus on how well they control the ball when they take possession. A good first touch provides the time necessary for the player to balance themselves for a quality second touch, which could be either a pass to team mate or a shot.

Notice how they absorb the momentum of the pass to prevent the ball from bouncing away to an opponent. How they turn and shield the ball from defenders when their attacking options are closed down. Possession is crucial and not given away lightly.

Pay attention to the angles that passes are made at. Midfielders will try to slot the ball diagonally in behind the defensive line for strikers to run on to. Off the ball runs and decoy runners are made to create space, time, and hence goal scoring opportunities for team mates.

Watch how players continually support their team mate with the ball several times in any one movement. Any attacking raid may involve 6-8 different players and many of them will figure multiple times. You don’t have to have the ball to be in play and your run will create room to move for another team mate.

Enjoy the World Cup and good luck on Saturday.

Wet weather numbers:
SBHS - 9361 0027
Centennial Park - 9339 6670

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GPS Round 3 v KINGS 17/6
Note: There have been a number of changes to the fixture list that was published in High Notes last week. Those affected are marked *.

Team Opponent Venue Time
Opens 1 Kings * McKay1 9.45
Opens 2 Kings * McKay1 8.30
Opens 3 Kings McKay 4 8.00
Opens 4 Kings McKay 4 11.00
Opens 5 Kings McKay 4 10.00
Opens 6 Kings McKay 4 9.00
16A Kings MPW 16 8.00
16B Kings MPW 16 9.00
16C Kings MPW 16 10.00
16D SHS * CP 5 11.00
15A Kings CP 5 8.00
15B Kings CP 5 9.00
15C Kings CP 5 10.00
15D SHS * CP 5 11.00
14A Kings * MPW 16 12.00
14B Kings * MPW 16 11.00
14C Kings CP 5 12.00
14D Grammar MPW 19 10.00
14E Knox F Gillespie2  8.00
13A Kings CP 6 11.00
13B Kings CP 6 10.00
13C Kings CP 6 9.00
13D Kings CP 6 8.00

Quote of the Week
“I told you so”
The late great Johnny Warren
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Fundraising: Travel Bags For Sale!

Sydney Boys High School Special

Only $25 or two for $40

Sturdy black sports or travel bags.
Valued at $40
Approximately 50 x 30 x 25cm
Side and end compartments
Zip to close main body of bag
Velcro carry handles
Shoulder strap
Great for carrying all your gear to and from school.

Pay at school Cashiers office and collect your purchase from Mrs Roser’s office.

Funds raised will go towards the 125th Anniversary Project for the new Library and Performing Arts Centre (every bit counts!)
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Want to Dance?

In Year 10/11/12 or Staff at Sydney Girls or Sydney Boys High School?

Then come to

  • Friday 23rd June and Thursday 29th June
  • Sydney Girls High School Multi Purpose Hall
  • 3:30  5:30 pm
  • Cost - $5 each week payable at door on the day
  • Qualified experienced instructors
  • Learn Waltz; Jive; Cha Cha; Foxtrot and Street Samba
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From Fundraising


As tax time approaches consider making a donation to the

Australian Sports Foundation - download form from the web site: Sports | Sports Donations


Each family was sent, in the latter half of 2005, information regarding the desire and need for a New Library and Performing Arts Space to be built as a fitting project for 2008 – our 125th Anniversary.

Please use the donation card and reply paid envelope to send your tax deductible gift. Donations can be made by credit over the phone. Ring the School and ask to speak to the Cashier.

Thank you for your continued support of our boys – helping make a difference.

Any inquiries, please contact Valda Roser 9361 6910 email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Project Supernova Film Festival

Student Opportunity!! 
Are you interested in filmmaking?
Want to act or be a director?
Have you got good story ideas?
Looking to launch your cinematography career?

Kambala Girls School has invited us to take part in a film festival they are running in support of the Oaktree Foundation (www.oaktree.org), whose work aims to minimise poverty.

Much like Tropfest, the films for submission are to be up to 7 mins long, be of M rating and have a signature theme of “FREE”.

The films will screen at Kambala on Sunday August 13th.

No experience is necessary, just an interest in filmmaking and the dedication to see the project through to completion. We need people to fill a variety of roles and we will provide you will some instruction, guidance and the resources to get the film (or animation) done!

If it sounds like something you would like to be a part of email Miss Brewer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday June 19th and tell me what role(s) you would like to fill, what skills you have and what your favourite film is.

Read the daily notices for information on meeting times.
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
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SBHS & SGHS Universities Evening

Congratulations and thank you to the Careers Advisers of SBHS and SGHS for the second wonderful University evening last Wednesday in the Great Hall. Thanks to the prefects for their assistance on the evening.

It was a coup to have all the major universities students enrol in on location with lots of crucial material to guide subject, course and career choices. Sydney Uni, UNSW, Macquarie, UTS, ANU were all represented. It certainly beats going to the huge university expos that are so overcrowded. Next year there are hopes to have the American and British embassy available to discuss scholarships and the Uni of Western Sydney as well.

Congratulations also to the students and parents who took advantage of the opportunity ensuring the evening will become a regular fixture on the SBHS calendar.
J May
HT Student Welfare

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'Take It Home' Competition

Years 7, 8 and 9
Brilliant prizes to be won!!

How do I win?
It’s easy! Have one of your parents answer these three simple questions and sign this form to confirm they have read the 125th Anniversary Project brochure and High Notes and you could WIN!!!

What can I win?
3 prizes of a Coles/Myer gift card, each valued at $50 (Coles/Myer gift cards are valid at Coles, Kmart, Myer, Target and Officeworks)
Free round of golf for 2 people at Marrickville Golf Course
Buy one/Get one free Movie Tickets – Hurstville Greater Union

1. What date will mark the 125th anniversary of Sydney Boys High School?


2. What date will Parent/Teacher interviews be held this year?


3. Name the High Old Boy who won a gold medal as Cox of the Australian Fours at the Empire Games in Vancouver in 1954


Parent’s Signature ________________________________________
Student Name _________________________ Roll Class _________

Place this form in the box located at the Main Office before Friday 23 June to be in the draw for these fantastic prizes.

Prizes will be drawn on Monday 26 June.
Winners will be announced in the 30 June edition of High Notes.
If you’re a winner, don’t forget to pick up your prize from the Office before the end of the term so you can enjoy your prize over the holidays.
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The Record: Want to set The Record Straight?

The RECORD is an annual printed publication of around 180 pages recording the events and achievements of our Boys and High family members.

Each boy is entitled to a copy every year while they are at High building a 6 volume history over their time at School.

The cost is approximately 15K-18K per publication.

To offset this cost advertising will be offered in this year’s publication (2006) for full and part page advertisements.

An opportunity to ‘Donate a Page’ will also be available.

Help is needed in pricing, collating and possibly artwork of advertisements.

Please contact Valda Roser at School on:

Phone: 9361 6910 Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please leave a voice mail message.
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