High Notes, Vol 8 No 22, August 03 2007

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From the Principal

High Talent
Anthony Morris returned from Vietnam and the Mathematics Olympiad with a bronze medal – a very impressive effort! In the state finals at Sydney Grammar, Christian Katsikaros placed second in the Classical Greek and Latin Reading Competitions and Julian Byrnes received a commendation. Well done indeed, boys. Good to see the Rifle Shooting team won the Prorak Trophy and came 4th in the All Schools Shoot in the holidays and 5th in the GPS Shoot at Hornsby. With greater in-school support next year we look forward to an improved performance. Congratulations to our CHS cross country All Schools representatives who ran on July 20: Eugene Stadnik, Tom Castleton, Roshan Karunaratne, Ty Linegar, (Year 12), Edwin Montoya Zorrilla, Matthew Ling, Michael Denny-Smith, Nathan McDonnell (Year 11), Harrison Lane, Jeremy Ireland (Year 10), Pasan Pannila (Year 8). The stand-out competitor was Samuel Lane of Year 8 who finished 13th. Well done to all team members. Nicholas Dimitropoulos (Year 10) is off to Shandong, China to participate in the Luneng Cup as a member of the Australian Elite Soccer Football Academy squad. Congratulations and good luck, Nick!

Director-General Coutts -Trotter: “Engaging Generation Y” 13/6/07
Speech to Secondary Principals

Generation Y people were born between 1980 and 2000. How are they different to the generation before? 1. International “fault lines…are more complex [than the Cold War divide between capitalism and communism] and arranged around economics, ethnicity and identity and faith”. Institutions and organisations that used to help explain the world “are caught in the ebb tide” as “membership of organised religion, service and sporting associations…political parties, has been stagnant or falling”.

The new threat is “the apocalyptical consequences of climate change” so now your fate relies on “the capacity of the world to moderate the carbon consequences of economic growth in India and China” along with the developed world’s ability to reduce future emissions. “So sustainability – ways of living and working that secure rather than threaten the future – is very important to this generation”.

Generation Y has grown up in a digital world. It “writes more than any other generation before it: sms, emails, blogs, chat-rooms, My-Space, YouTube. “ Generation Y produces immediate but not reflective texts that are electronic, public and permanent. Everyone will have an unmanageable public self.

“I think Gen Y knows more people than you or me.” A majority of students seems to access social networking sites. Mostly that involves the “digitisation of their face to face friends” but also to make relationships with people anywhere online.

New technologies mean no one has control over ideas or ways to make them commercial. Jobs are international and more digitised. The distribution of education “is massively widening”. Generation Y are comfortable with change. They may move in and out of several different occupations. Recruitment and retention of staff are issues. DET needs a greater “willingness and capacity to change”. [It is doing so but excruciatingly slowly.] “So what limits an organisation’s capacity to change? Chiefly, and certainly, a culture of blame where taking risks is punished and not encouraged.”

DET needs to “unashamedly and persistently articulate the great moral purpose of public education. More than any other work, public education can bridge the gap between who we are – as individuals, as a community, as a nation – and who we could be.” Given that several other avenues for community service are in decline, teaching may become more attractive because “appeal to service is a profound motivation to young people’.

“Our use of information and communications technology – in teaching, learning, supporting, communicating – is crucial to reaching, then holding the attention and respect of this generation. This presents huge challenges, budgetary, attitudinal, organisational.” Generation Y people are open and impatient of closed systems.

[Interestingly, we can see that individual schools are wrestling with the same imperatives as the Director-General has identified for the DET as a system. Here, we offer identity as a High Boy regardless of ethnicity or faith. We urge students to immerse in our culture. We promote belonging for students through participation in activities of their choice.

Gradually, we are moving towards tangible sustainability projects beyond turning off lights and recycling, to become focal points in our curriculum. Our bore water and run off rainwater tank are a beginning but I have already asked the P & C to consider ’investing in our planet’ by installing photovoltaic technology on our roofs to produce power credits to the grid. A more efficient solar panel is coming on line next year that would make such an investment feasible. A noiseless wind turbine generator is also on the market.

We have responded to the advanced digital skills and orientation of our students through Moodle Services and ‘R’ Drive networking. Our accelerating program to install data projectors and sound systems in every room will empower teachers to video stream the digital world to the classroom.]
Dr K Jaggar

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Public Speaking

Congratulations to Cameron Morrison in Year 8 who has made it through to the Regional Final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. In the local final Cameron delivered two engaging and insightful speeches. He was one of three students chosen to compete in the next round on Monday.

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Congratulations to Tony, Ivan, Hugh, Patrick, Jacky and Merlin on being awarded their District refereeing qualification.

High won both 1sts and 2nds against Newington on the weekend. 1sts maintained their unblemished record, going through in straight sets. The second grade match was a nail biter needing all 5 sets to get a result. Some strong and consistent hitting from Daniel Chim made the difference in the end to give High the points.

Coming events
This Saturday, 1st Grade play Grammar (at Grammar) commencing at 11:00 am. High needs to win this match to retain its number 1 status. Grammar have a quality team and have been putting in a little extra to prepare for this match. Supporters are encouraged to come and cheer for High. The match should be finished by 12:30 pm.

Sunday 5 August        NSW All School Tournament at  Olympic Park    
                       8.30am to 5.30pm Refereeing grading at Olympic Park
Saturday 18 August     SBHS Invitational Junior Tournament at High 

M Kay

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Rowing Annual General Meeting

The Sydney High School Rowing Committee invites all rowing parents and other interested parties to

The Annual General Meeting 2007 at
7.30pm, Tuesday, 14 August in the
Staff Common Room

All positions are declared vacant and are up for nomination and election. With many Year 12 parents ‘retiring’, we need lots of new faces on the Committee, from all Years. Come along, be part of the team and support our Rowers in 2007

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From the High Store

Father's Day Sale
A gift suggestion for dad or grandad. Available from Mon 6 August till Friday 10 August:

Foldable black polyster chair with arms & S.H.S logo which folds down into a compact over the shoulder carry bag. Ideal for watching your Saturday sports games

15% OFF, normally $50.00 now $42.50

No rainchecks!

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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.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am 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 you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after. The Principal must approve all leave applications.

Another email service for parents
Parents who supply the school with an email address can now have an updated report on their son’s attendance record can sent to them on a daily or weekly basis.

If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.

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SHS Old Boys Union

Did you know?
Did you know that Craig Wing (1997) is Sydney High's most recent Rugby League international, having played one test in 2003? Other old boy Kangaroos have included Viv Thicknesse (1920s) 7 tests (1933-36); Ross McKinnon (1932) 8 tests (1935-38); Bruce Hopkins (1942) Kangaroo tour 1948 (did not play); Kevin Hansen (1943) 1 test (1952); George Talyforth (1957); and John Brass (1963) 3 tests (1970). In June, Craig signed a four season contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs who are now partly owned by Russell Crowe (1977).

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Music Notices

Congratulations to the following boys who have been chosen to perform in the GPS Concert at Kings on September 1.

Tables are of the format 'Surname, Given Name, Year, Instrument'

Symphony Orchestra      
Li Tian Yu 9 Bassoon
Cheung Brendan 9 Cello
Lin Kevin 8 Cello
Li Benjamin 9 Clarinet
Wong Matthew 10 Clarinet
Wilson Thomas 10 Flute
Wong Michael 8 Flute
Wong Wilson 12 Fr Horn
Mehmedbasic Ennes 7 Oboe
Brown Lachlan 10 Percussion
Siu Chapman 12 Trombone
Wong Dominic 11 Timpani
Brokman Andre 9 Violin
Funston Toby 7 Violin
Kok Nathan 8 Violin
Lieu Nathan 11 Violin
Luo Steven 11 Violin
Mickovski Kiril 11 Violin
Sun Tom 11 Violin
Truong Gary 11 Violin
Tsai Jamison 7 Violin
Yeung Alex 11 Violin
Zhang Leon 7 Violin
Zhang Schuman 11 Violin
Kok Nathan 8 Violin

Concert Band      
Alto Ji Remi Ji 11 Alto Sax
Jun Marco 11 Alto Sax
Goh Vincent 9 Bass Clar.
Chen David 8 Clarinet
Han James 9 Clarinet
Kim Albert 11 Clarinet
Mai Tam 11 Clarinet
Nguyen William 11 Clarinet
Rosengarten Toby 11 Clarinet
Tong Matthew 10 Clarinet
Foo Derrick 7 Flute
Luo Daniel 9 Flute
Phillis Maxwell 9 Flute
Beston Samuel 8 Percussion
Niu Guangzhi 9 Percussion
Ho Anthony 11 Tenor Sax
Nadkarni Ishan 11 Tenor Sax
Zu Zhi (George) 11 Trombone
Chan Abraham 10 Trumpet
Kim Sean 9 Trumpet
Siu Timothy 10 Trumpet
Wong Yale 8 Trumpet
Shi David 11 Clarinet

Burston Timothy 10 Tenor
Chan Timothy 8 Treble
Hayes Nicholas 11 Bass
Kwok Nathan 11 Tenor
Tran William 12 Bass
Vuong Jamian 7 Alto
Wang David Li 8 Tenor
Wong Erick 9 Tenor
Renzenbrink Scott 7 Alto

Stage Band      
Mehmedbasic Muhamed 11 Bass Guitar
Sutton Josh 9 Tenor Sax

Percussion Ensemble
Percussion ensemble will be starting next week on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:30am conducted by our Marching band director; Matthew Capper (Juniors – Monday Rm101, Seniors – Tuesday Rm201). Thank you to the music committee who have supported us in the recent purchase of a wonderful marimba. Please see the music staff if you are interested in joining.

Zhi (George) Zu recently competed in the St George Eisteddfod in a number of sections. In the Open 20th Century category he placed FIRST; in the 16 years and above, he placed FIRST and in the Baroque Open section, he was highly commended. Well done on all your outstanding work and excellent musicianship.

Tutor of the Week – Nathan Henshaw
Nathan Henshaw recently began as a saxophone tutor at High. He has given so much energy and enthusiasm in his time here so far, reflected through the boys who are his students. Nathan has been studying his instrument for over a decade and also teaches at Sydney Girls High. He has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician and has recently toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France and the UK.

Student of the Week – Joshua Sutton
Joshua Sutton has shown remarkable improvement over the last few weeks. Not only that, he has demonstrated great dedication to his music studies and continues to show promise for the future. It’s been a real pleasure for me to teach such talented young musicians at High and I look forward to continuing my appointment here at High. – Nathan.

Composition Workshop
Our senior music elective students participated in a compositional workshop last Thursday at the MLC School with up and coming professional Australian composers - one working with each school. The afternoon session saw performances of works they had created that day. The boys were highly inspired and took away an understanding of the processes and time required for a successful composition.

Piano Competition
The Sydney Boys High School Piano Competition is up and running in the Great Hall and will continue at lunchtimes on Mondays and Tuesdays until week 5. The two categories this year are; Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) with a time limit of 5 minutes for each performance. All entrants need to check the noticeboard outside the music staffroom for performance times and ensure all the information is correct. We encourage ALL piano players to participate in this fantastic opportunity, particularly if you are preparing for a piano exam or performance recital. Audience is welcome, so please come along and support our budding pianists.

Music Tuition Scholarships
The music department is offering scholarships to students who would like to play
Oboe, Bassoon, Double bass and French horn
Please see the music staff if you are interested.

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Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag

GPS round 6: Saturday 4 August
GPS round 6 is against Kings this weekend with all games to be held at The Kings School. Check draw for details on school website. www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Venues this weekend
Massie 1, 2, & 3, Wanderers and Old Boys 1 & 2
Kings home grounds located in the school grounds.
Wet Weather: 9683 8443

Details of Kings grounds and school location

Dolan Cup
Two games left and 5th grade has opened up a 1 point lead over the 13Ds. The only other team with a realistic chance of overhauling the two front runners is the 15Ds on 19 points.

Opens 5 23
13D 22
15D 19
15C 15
16D 15
14A 11
Opens 1 11
13B 10
15A 10
16C 10

Golden Boot
Ben Lee 5th grade has stormed back into contention with a hat trick last Saturday. He joins the ever consistent Jerry Zhou (13D), who scored again and Ian Lu (15D) at the top of the list with 6 goals apiece.

Golden Glove

Opens 5th Matt Lee 0
13D Allen Fu 1
16A Neil Street 2
15D Zane Guo 3
16C Christian Katsikaros 3
14A Shimon Danzinger 4
15C David Ma 4

GPS Competition tables
1st Grade

School Win Draw Loss F A Total
SIC 4 1 - 15 4 13
NC 4 - 1 15 7 12
SGS 2 1 2 6 8 7
SBHS 2 1 2 6 8 7
TSC 2 - 3 7 7 6
SHORE 1 2 1 8 11 5
SJC 1 1 3 1 7 4
TKS - 2 3 4 9 2

2nd Grade

School Win Draw Loss F A Total
SIC 5 - - 16 3 15
NC 4 - 1 11 4 12
SHORE 3 1 1 7 5 10
TSC 3 - 2 8 5 9
SJC 1 1 3 3 5 4
SGS 1 - 3 5 8 3
SBHS 1 - 4 2 10 3
TKS - 2 3 3 9 2

Quote of the Week
'I do want to play the short ball and I do want to play the long ball. I think long and short balls is what football is all about' -Bobby Robson

Results and match reports from Saturday 28 July

1st grade Won 3-2 v Scots
In a thrilling match, 1st grade recorded their second consecutive victory. An early goal to skipper, Gehan Karunaratne and a thoroughly deserved goal to Josh Weight were matched by Scots, to see the scores level at 2-2 till late in the contest. The second of the Scots goals was an audacious chip from 40 yards that surprised keeper Lachlan Street. High dominated the later stages of the game, creating several excellent chances that they failed to finish off. Then with only minutes left, substitute George Lo crossed into the box and after a brief goal mouth scramble, Jeremy Luscombe was rewarded for his determination, to bang home the winner to the delight of the pleasingly large crowd that had assembled.

2nd grade. Won 2-1 v Scots
With High controlling possession early on, a snap left foot shot from George Lo came close to the near post. Scots rallied but High remained composed and disciplined keeping the play in the opposing half and rallying threateningly around the penalty box. High were finally rewarded when a hard working Sam Burnham played George, whose angled shot beat the Scots keeper at the near post to make it 1 nil at the break.

The second half was a much more physical encounter with Anthony Tsiailis making his presence felt and Mark Spencer keeping a close watch on the Scots strikers both personally and sportingly. Effectively marshalled by Captain Harry Walker, High took the game to Scots once more, earning a corner, and from the scraps another elegant George Lo strike over the Scots keeper doubled the lead.

Scots began to come hard at High, contesting every ball and finding gaps through the field. A lovely run from one of the Scots strikers beat two defenders and came close, and soon after went one better with a through ball that saw Bernard Wei exposed and the score move to 2-1. High remained focused and played one of their best games of the season to maintain possession and fiercely contest the ball in defence. Scots began to lose composure and had two players sent off and to the team’s credit throughout the game they remained focused on the task at hand and superb sportsmen.

14As Won 3-1
Throughout the first half, we did well to put pressure on their defence and a beautiful volley by S Lane almost gave us the lead. Scots’ shot for goal, although missing by a metre, had the referee blowing the whistle for a goal. If it weren’t for our screaming supporters and parents, and a few honest Scots players they would have had the lead. However, the referee reversed the decision. With minutes from half-time N Baghwat took a free kick, sending W Shao streaking past defenders on the right wing, sliding one past the keeper into the bottom corner. Going into the second half, 1 goal up meant our spirits were high. After only minutes, Max Connell sent a cross in from the wing to W Stefanidis who was in perfect place to head the ball straight past the keeper. Trying not to let ego get in the way, we played on, now 2-0 up, however Scots managed to score, giving us no space for error. Until the whistle, we played, hearts beating, hoping against another goal which might see a much unwanted draw. With minutes to go G Garayalde sent a perfect volley at their goals, hammering the top bar, only for W Stefanidis again to head the descending ball past the keeper, sealing the game 3-1. L Vlatko defended especially well, saving us from many goals. R Caetano also played well, assisting in the setup of goals, and the keeper Andrew Ye had Played his best game yet, keeping incredibly well.

15As Win 2-1
After capping off a great win over Joeys, High was prepared to take on a grudge match against Scots. Having lost 1-0 in the last two years despite dominating, we were eager to break the hoodoo and continue our streak. Our first goal came to Kieran after a through ball to Andy resulted in a low cross, which was driven low at the keeper. The second half signified a mini come back from Scots. We were unfortunate to concede with their forward taking their only decent shot of the game which penetrated the always-so-steady Josh. Chances came hobbling as both Andy and Enoch missed valuable chances, before Jeremy received a decent low cross which he clobbered past the keeper. Gratitude also go to Robin who had to miss half of his game to watch us beat Scots. I suppose it was worth it after all.

R. Gifford
MIC Football

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Football Dinner

This year, SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters by holding the first SBHS Football dinner:

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 dinner will be held on:
Saturday 11 August 2007
Great Hall 6.00pm
BYO drinks

The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.

Payment for the dinner can be made at the Main Office from now until Friday 3 August. Tickets are limited. Please detach the form below and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office

(Boys to wear school uniform)


Student Name Year/Roll class: _____________________________________________

Football Team: ____________________________________________________________

TOTAL Number of adults ________ at $30 per adult = $________

TOTAL Number of students ______ at $30 per SBHS student = $________
(Special rate of $20 for family members under 11yrs = $20 per child)

TOTAL $ _________ 
Do you have any special dietary requirements? 

[ ] Vegetarian

[ ] Other- Please state: _____________________________________________________

[ ] YES! I can help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc.

Helper’s name and contact details : _________________________________________

Email address: ______________________________________________________________

Phone Numbers: ______________________________________________________________

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Canteen Price List

Open Hours
8:30 am - 1:40 pm

Lunch Orders/Breakfast
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. It is to your advantage to pre-order lunches: it saves waiting in queues and ensures you get what you want.

Sandwiches and Rolls

Orders Only

Filling Sandwiches Rolls
cheese & salad $ 2.20 $ 2.80
chicken & salad $ 3.20 $ 3.80
corned beef & salad $ 2.60 $ 3.40
curried egg & lettuce $ 2.20 $ 2.50
egg & lettuce $ 2.20 $ 2.50
egg & salad $ 2.50 $ 3.00
ham & tomato $ 2.40 $ 2.80
ham & salad $ 2.60 $ 3.00
roast beef & salad $ 3.00 $ 3.50
salmon & salad $ 3.00 $ 3.50
vegemite $ 1.20 $ 1.50

Orders and over-counter sales

Filling Sandwiches Rolls
buttered roll N/A $ 1.20
cheese & tomato $ 1.50 $ 2.00
chicken & coleslaw $ 2.80 $ 3.50
chicken & lettuce $ 2.80 $ 3.50
corned beef & tomato $ 2.40 $ 2.80
dagwood N/A $ 3.00
roast beef & tomato $ 2.50 $ 3.00
roast beef, seeded mustard & lettuce $ 2.50 $ 3.00
salad $ 2.00 $ 2.50
chicken or lamb yeeros wrap N/A $5.50
Mini wrap
- chicken & caesar
- chicken & coleslaw
- beef & tabouleh
- lamb & tabouleh

$ 2.80
$ 2.80
$ 2.80
$ 2.80

Available on brown or white
extras 20c

Sushi -  
 - chicken
 - beef
 - tuna
 - salmon
 - veg
  $ 2.60

Cakes Muffins and Fruit

custard tart $2.20
choc chip/Anzac cookies $1.00
Chelsea bun/cupcake $2.00
muffin $2.60
apple, orange, banana $0.80
fresh fruit salad $2.20
fun bun $1.30
banana bread $1.40

Hot Food

Orders and over-counter sales

cheese & spinach puff $2.40
chicken & corn roll $1.30
chicken burger $4.00
chicken puff $2.60
chicken Halal pie $3.40
garlic bread $1.50
lasagne/ravioli/macaroni & cheese $3.00
meat pie (sauce +20c extra) $2.60
pizza pocket $1.60
pizza rounda $1.80
pizza slab $2.30
potato pie $3.40
sausage roll $1.80
sweet chilli chicken sub w/sauce $3.50
hot chick/mayo roll $3.50
hot chick/mayo sandwich $2.80


300ml plain milk $ 1.10
300ml flavoured milk $ 1.70
600ml plain milk $ 1.70
600ml flavoured milk $ 2.40
mineral water $ 1.40
Powerade $ 3.00
Diet 375 ml Coke/Lift/Sprite $ 1.80
600ml Diet Coke/Sprite $ 2.60
Aroona-carbonated spring fruits water $ 1.70
Berri - Long Life Juices $ 1.70
Deep Spring Mineral Water $ 2.00


In addition, various sweets and
are available over the counter

All canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefit of the boys’ education and development.

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