High Notes, Vol 8 No 32, October 26 2007

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to all the boys who took part in the High for Homeless program. H4H is a great service initiative. I commend it to all boys. Our Chinese language students gained the highest number of High Distinctions of any participating school in the 2007 Chinese Certificate 2 tests, for the Assessment of Language Competence program conducted by ACER. Congratulations to Ms Zhang and all the boys who sat for the assessment. Lewis d’Avigdor (2006) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his HSC History Extension Project. To all Year 12 Youth Off the Streets collectors – your single day efforts raised $11,435 – a great contribution to community service! Thumbs up for a big season opener by second grade basketball against Grammar last Saturday!

Junior Rugby Coaching
Coordinator Mr Serdar Bolen has accepted a new position in High Rugby as the Junior School Coaching Coordinator. He will be responsible for the overall quality of rugby coaching and training in the junior school. He will have a hands-on role and coach a team. Serdar will liaise with Robert Devlin to construct a year round fitness platform for summer and winter sports. All boys should get used to the idea of three training sessions per week, involving some speed and endurance work as well as skills training. On behalf of the school I would like to thank Serdar for his great dedication to rugby and our program in his former position as first grade coach. He is a passionate supporter of High Rugby. I am confident that he will help build a higher level of skills for boys in the Junior School.

Clean Up High Day
It was suggested to me that as Ian Kiernan has an international Clean Up Australia Day concept, ought not we have a ‘Clean Up High Day’ the week or day before the public event to demonstrate our awareness of preserving the environment? I would appreciate the SRC and Environment Committee taking on this proposal and organising such a day.

Electricity Substation
The School Education Director, Bondi, informed me that while the submission for minor capital works funding for 2007-08 had the project to upgrade power to SBHS and SGHS included on the list, it was not chosen for funding. However, Sydney Region has applied for major capital works funding to upgrade power to many of its schools. I consider this to be an unacceptable response by DET. I have been trying since 2003 to address the electricity supply problem. I considered building a substation just for us, but at $80,000 it was not expenditure I could justify, given that this infrastructure work is a DET responsibility. I am concerned that a recurrence of the six in one day supply failures will damage our network and expensive file servers. We are spending >$150k per annum to bring the school up to digital delivery standard, yet our basic needs to run it are not being met by the site owner.

Investing in the Planet
What are the most price sensitive utilities recurrent costs we face? Water and power.

We have had to turn our attention more and more to sustainable living policies in recent years. The school has had significant supplies of bore water for six years. I would like to have students take responsibility for recording, monitoring and publishing the production and use of bore water in the school. Perhaps a class could volunteer to do this. Similarly, the school has a meter on the 10,000 litre tank installed as part of a government grant. We are about to install a tank next to the cricket shed. We hope to have a big tank connected to solar hot water next year in the gym. It would be good if the wider school community knew of the annual storage and usage volumes.

I am seeking community support for the idea of deploying solar panels on Killip Wing to feed into our electricity grid to supplement supply. I understand that a highly efficient new photovoltaic cell will be in production in the new year. I would really like to see the school invest in the meters, connectors and circuits necessary to commence a bank of solar panels in the new year. The basic infrastructure can be set up to allow expandability. Apparently the price per panel is around $1000. Over the next few years we could market the investing in the future concept to families who might donate a panel to our growing grid. Once 50 panels are on line, significant savings in the annual cost of electricity to the school could be achieved.

Camden High School has installed an Australian designed quiet, turbine wind generator. It would be an appropriate excursion to arrange a visit to their site to see what they are doing about sustainability and recommending to me what they think of the possibility of wind generated power supplies at High.

I am keen on a focus 2008-2010 on sustainability. Let us think globally and act locally!
Dr K Jaggar
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Results in Maths Competitions, 2007

Australian Mathematics Competition
Prize winners:
M Jones (Y 7); D Gorey (Y 8); L Li (Y 8); M Deng (Y 8); A Chan (Y 8); B Deng (Y 8); J Wormell (Y 9); J Sutton (Y 9); B Ly (Y 9); T Wilson (Y 10); C Peng (Y 10); A Morris (Y 12).

Year Prizes High Distinctions Distinctions Credits
7 1 27 89 55
8 5 15 113 35
9 3 16 76 66
10 2 20 91 49
11   35 85 38
12 1 8 15 23

NB: The competition is compulsory for all of years 7─10 and optional for 11─12. There were a number of conflicting events which affected the year 12 candidature.

UNSW Mathematics Competition
This is a very demanding competition attracting elite mathematicians across NSW.

It is organised into Senior (11─12) and Junior (7─10) divisions.

In the Senior Division Anthony Morris was placed equal third and received a $100 prize. There were thirteen $60 prizes in the competition including John Luu, Edwin Montoya, Albert Ng, and Jamie Tao. The competition distributed a further thirty-eight certificates including David Fan, Darren Ho, Yu Lin, Jiawen Ma, Trong Nguyen, Andrew Tang and Simin Yang.

In the Junior Division John Wormell was first and won $250. Declan Gorey was equal third with a prize of $100. Fourteen further $60 prizes were awarded including Jacob Cao. Among the forty-one certificate winners were Dale Chen, Christian Katsikaros, and Thomas Wilson.

Australian Mathematical Olympiad Results
Intermediate Division
There were 931 students from 140 schools across the country.

Daniel Shan (Yr 10), Declan Gorey (Yr 8), Jacob Cao (Yr 10), and Christian Katsikaros (Yr 10) were awarded High Distinctions. These are awarded to the top 10% of the candidature.

Award Number
HD 4
D 5
C 11
P 6

Senior Division
In the senior division there were 81 students from 48 schools. The three candidates from our school each received a credit.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Junior (7-8) Distinction 2
  Credit 3
  Participation 2
Intermediate (9-10) High Distinction 36
  Distinction 16
  Credit 7
  Participation 5
  No Award 1

NB All of 9A and 10A were entered in the Intermediate Division and the work formed an integral part of the class work. Recognition must go to Mr Fuller and Mr Boros for their contribution.

The Junior participants were from our Wednesday morning Enrichment Group. Recognition to Mr Choy for his efforts.

Outstanding Achievements
Anthony Morris gained a prize for the sixth consecutive year (it is believed to be the first time this has happened). In addition to his outstanding performances in the UNSW competitions over the years, probably his most significant performances have been in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad where he twice gained a Gold Medal and in the International Mathematical Olympiad where he was awarded a Bronze Medal.

John Wormell continues to do amazingly well and will sit for the Mathematics Extension 2 HSC this year. Remember that John is yet to turn 13.

Declan Gorey (Yr 8) has achieved some outstanding results and has a very bright future in mathematics competitions.
PR Bigelow
HT Mathematics

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Sydney High School Cadet Unit

Six of our cadets gave up a week of their holidays to attend the NSW Brigade Courses Camp at Singleton Army Camp. Only a small number of vacancies are available on these courses due to demand from around the state and we were very lucky to be awarded six spots. The courses are designed to help prepare attendees for promotion within the Australian Army Cadets and success at the course is a requirement for promotion.

Attending and qualifying were:

Junior Leaders (for first promotion)
Cadet Ben Lu
Cadet Jim Nguyen

Senior Leaders - Module One (for promotion to sergeant)
Corporal Johan Santoso
Corporal Geoffrey Zhang

Senior Leaders – Module Two (for promotion to WO & CUO)
Sergeant Peter Nguyen
Sergeant Denis Stojanovic

Congratulation to all on their success.

The Unit Dinner for 2007 will be held in the Great Hall on Thursday 6 Dec. All unit members are expected to attend and parents are most welcome.

The dinner will be conducted along the lines of an Army Formal Dining In Night, under the control of the Dining President, CUO Weiping Lu.

Ex members of the Unit are invited and along with other special guests. A number of Old Boys are expected to attend.
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The Children’s Medical Research Institute and Jeans for Genes, being a nominated SBHS charity, are organising a new fundraiser program, Gift Wrap for a Cause.

This year gift wrapping will take place at Myer Bondi Junction, Sydney City and Parramatta from 7-24 December and at Rhodes Shopping Centre from 15-24 December.

The idea is simple – customers purchase a Christmas item and Jeans for Genes volunteers wrap it for a small donation. Currently they are seeking volunteers who would like to assist staff gift wrap at the above locations.

This is a perfect opportunity for students to fulfil their Duke of Edinburgh community service or receive community service award points for their school award system. Students need to be 16 years or older.

Information and clear instructions will be provided to students before they commence. A certificate and reference letter (when requested) will be forwarded to students for inclusion in their resume.

For further information and to apply go to the website www.jeans4genes.com.au
Click on How Can I Help/School Genie/Special Event Genie.
S Plummer
Charities Coordinator

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Did You Know?

Did you know that Australia (competing as part of Australasia) first competed in the Davis Cup for lawn tennis in 1905? Since that date, three old boys have been part of an Australian Davis Cup team. Jack Clemenger (1916) was captain in 1932, Viv McGrath (1932) competed in 1933-1937, and Jamie Morgan (1986) competed in 1994.
SHS Old Boys Union
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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.

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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From the Canteen Team

We know how busy life can be for today’s parents, which is why we’d especially like to thank our loyal volunteers for their contribution to the smooth running of the canteen. Volunteer help is vital in ensuring healthy food for our boys and an ongoing income stream to the P&C for allocation to worthy school projects.

We’d like to say thank you by rewarding our volunteers with the chance to win a $10 Canteen voucher for their sons.

All volunteers have to do is turn up for duty as usual and sign the duty roster book. A draw will be held each month for the lucky voucher winner. Remember, if you find you can’t make your shift, just call a fellow parent on the roster and arrange a swap.
From the Canteen Team
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Year 9 Parent Group

An Invitation to Year 9 Parents
A meeting of the Year 9 Parent Group will be held on
Tuesday, 30th of October at 7:30 pm
in the Staff Common Room (near the School Office).

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Parent Group meetings are an ideal opportunity to meet other parents in your son’s year, raise questions, make suggestions and air any concerns you may have.

Any specific agenda items may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 5 pm Friday 26th of October.
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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Grammar

Term 1 2007 (last time)

1st LOSS IN OT 67-63 H.WALKER 17
2nd LOSS 61-53 A.LE 23
3rd WIN 37-27 C.TANG 12
4th WIN 35-24 J.TAO 10
5th LOSS 29-32 D.YU 9
6th WIN 28-20 K.WANG 8
7th WIN 29-13 R.TRAN 7
8th WIN 22-16 J.LAI 6
16A WIN 54-37 M.FENG 11
16B LOSS 19-43 B.YANG 6
16C LOSS 26-38 H.LI 5
16D LOSS 13-39 A.LI 4
16E LOSS 17-21 D.LAM 7
15A WIN 29-23 A. PAUL 8
15B LOSS 27-31 A.KOERBER 6
15C WIN    
15D WIN    
15E LOSS    
14A WINNERS! 28-25 A.YE 14
14B LOSS 21-23 A.CHIN 8
14C LOSS 9-31 N.LEONG 6
14D LOSS 15-29 K.LI 7
14E LOSS 21-22 M.WEI 10
13A LOSS 63-6 J.YANG 4
13B LOSS 69-4 not provided
13C LOSS 50-0 not provided
13D LOSS 20-14 not provided
13E LOSS 86-16 not provided

Term 4 2007-(This week)

1st LOSS 35-38 D.XIAO 14
2nd WIN 60-41 J.RAJENDRAM 16
3rd WIN 47-28 A.YANG 16
4th WIN 45-27 B.YANG 19
6th LOSS 26-15 F.LEE 4, D.LAM 4
8th WIN 16-9 B.LUNG 5
16B WIN 41-35 C.NGUYEN 11
16C WIN 56-19 I.LU 12
16D WIN 36-23 S.YUNG 10
16E WIN 27-25 H.VI 10
15B LOSS 27-20 K.LU 8
15C WIN 29-20 N.LEONG 8
14A LOSS 57-4 A.PURCAL 2
14B LOSS 29-8 N.MA 4
14D LOSS 57-16 B.CHAU 6
14E LOSS 34-2 W.HO 2
14F LOSS 41-2 N.LY 2

Quote of the week:
“Boys you need to stop complaining to the refs. We can’t change the way the referees interpret the game. What we can change is our actions” A. Hayman (First Grade coach) 13D LOSS 20-14 not provided 13E LOSS 86-16 not provided

SBHS Basketball Supporters Box
This week there will be a section upstairs of the gymnasium for SBHS student basketball supporters to stand separate to the general crowd. Please stay in the roped off section and make some noise when your school needs it!! The noise really helps out!

Mr Hayman’s player of the week: Jeremy Rajendram
In a rough encounter vs Grammar this week the mighty 2nd grade side stood tall. They overcame size with skill and intelligence. One player had the game of his life - Jeremy Rajendram. Jeremy was promoted to the starting five by captain Zhijun Xu earlier that week. Taking this chance he ended the game with 16 pts, 4 reb, 2 steals and 2 assists-all whilst controlling the game from the point guard position. A special mention must go to the mighty 16s age group who were undefeated as an age group and the 14s age group who have dramatically improved.

To team captains:
Please send in match reports to Mr Hayman by lunch time Monday. I’m hoping to receive short reports containing highlights or what the team did very well during each weekend.

Cheering for High:
Our players need the support when they’re on the courts. Keep up your chants and your support for them, it’ll turn our narrow losses to wins. Also please avoid using negative comments to the opposition team and the refs. It’s good sportsmanship.

Shootin’hoops pictures:
If you have a great photo for basketball or if you feel like creating a new logo for this weekly article, please email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Keep in mind that in the printed version, everything is in black and white whilst the pdf on the internet is full colour.

The game started brilliantly and we were all very energetic, making only a few mistakes. Although Sydney Grammar had tall and skilful players, we were still optimistic and played our best. Then after our team started to get tired, we lost confidence and lost the match 29-8.

But most importantly our team had lots of fun. In the future we need to work on what we learned in training and we need to box-out to get more rebounds to ensure that we can prevent easy baskets and score more easy points near the post ourselves.
By: Eric Li and Justin Yang

2nd Grade Match Report Against Grammar
This is one of the most impressive 2nds matches I’ve watched since attending High. The first quarter saw High blazing in the intensity hammering Grammar 23-8 unaffected by the “mental fog” that caused 3rds and 4ths to miss their shots. Grammar picked it up slowly through the game but High maintained its lead easily and with outlasting stamina – swept to a 19point victory. Special mention must go to Jeremy’s outstanding free throw and ball control – having 0 turnovers in a 2nd grade game as a point guard! Also to Zhijun’s display of explosive movements when he shot and rebounded his own shot over three times within 10seconds.

Brought to you by Johny Shih
Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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High Cricket Bulletin

Last Saturday was one of the most interesting days of cricket I have experienced, with teams from High producing really competitive performances across the board. As all of the matches were trials, we approached it on a learning basis about our teams whilst the Grammar teams were fired up and in their normal competitive style. The results speak for themselves, with a range of scores that can only be seen as a new depth of enthusiasm and talent within our ranks.

Match reports were not submitted from several teams but with the Head Teacher Sport, Richard Ayre visiting some teams whilst I handled others, we can report that from Weigall two of our unreported teams were handing out thumpings to their Grammar opponents in addition to the results herein.

This season promises a few surprises to our opponents from our young squads, as well as our senior squads, and I am looking forward to seeing the emergence of a “winning culture mind-set” from all concerned.

As at this week, High is equal, with the top GPS School with the number of teams competing in the GPS and Non- GPS competitions. A tribute to our programme but more particularly to the boys of High who proudly represent their school


1st XI GRAMMAR 7 -113 - d - HIGH 10 -73
A young team in their maiden match in the GPS arena and some encouraging performances which will see improvements as a result of the trial match experience. Run scorers were Kerrod McPherson 40, Andy Liu 14 Avindu Vithanage 10. Wicket takers were Karan Rao 2 -13, Kogulan Sriranjan 2 -13, Daniel Simpson 1 -20. Andy Liu 1 -10 and Kieran Taylor 1 -10. See the Cricket Website match report

2nd XI GRAMMAR 6 -109 - d - HIGH 8 -108
Our second young “senior XI’ who had trouble with their shot selection in their allotted overs and paid the penalty for the lapses in concentration. A pleasing feature however was the regularity with which our bowlers took wickets when Grammar came to the batting crease. See the Cricket Website match report

3rd XI GRAMMAR 7 -171 - d - HIGH 7 -119
A creditable performance from a team being initiated at this level of cricket.

Grammar batting did not have it all their own with the High bowling attack using 7 bowlers in taking wickets regularly. Damien Tse 3 wkts, Timmy Lim 2 wkts and one each to Ritam Mitra and Nicholas Lindeback were the most successful wicket takers. When it came to High’s turn to bat a mini collapse occurred with Ritam Mitra (50 retired) and Toby Rosengarten (28) the only batsmen to give the team a respectable total in a brittle batting performance due to some poor shot selection coupled with inexperience at this level in their initial outing as a team.

4th X1 HIGH 3 -214 - d - GRAMMAR 5 -154
Off to a good start and the “Mighty Fourths” showed the way with a solid batting performance batting first in this Limited Over fixture. A fine knock from Alistair Taylor (52 retired) supported by James Ip (41) and Lachlan Street (39) saw High set a formidable total in their allocated overs. High then took the field and Grammar regularly lost wickets with pressure being applied by James Ip and Patrick Locke at the bowling crease with a (direct hit) run-out by Gary Truong a highlight of the fielding display.

15 As GRAMMAR 3 -249 - d - HIGH 11 -120
The trial match showed us the need for concentration and determination when it’s our turn at the crease. Soft dismissals and inexperience with shot selections came through but it is an area that we can definitely improve in with the help of nets and bowling machines. Best batting Samir Kinger 36, Shimon Danziger 23 n.o. and Nathan Kok 23. Best bowling performance Andrew Huynh 1 -39 (6 overs)

14As GRAMMAR 8 -117 - d - HIGH 6 -116
A narrow loss to Grammar has given this team the motivation it needed in its first match in the Under 14 comp. Solid batting from Ahdil Ansaren, Aman Saksena, Sudam Dias and Krishnendu Dutta and a great bowling display by Aman Saksena

14Bs GRAMMAR 1 -72 - d - HIGH 9 -71
Best batting on the day after a poor start to our innings came from Dhruv Sabharwal 7, Ben Wilcox 8 and Tejas Iyer 11.

Wicket takers were Shi Feng, Dhruv Sabharwal, ben Wilcox and Tejas Iyer completing the “double” for three of the players. See the Cricket Website match report

14Cs GRAMMAR 9 -120 - d - HIGH 10 -34
Disappointing for the 8 players who showed commitment to be let down by the 4 boys who did not attend the trial.

But in true High spirit and teamsmanship, (short of fielders due to the absentees), the boys put in a great fielding and bowling performance taking 9 Grammar wickets as they put together 120. Just imagine how close it may have been if Grammar didn’t have the advantage of only having 6 fieldsmen to hit the ball through, if you take out our bowler and wicketkeeper. Main run scorer with 14 runs was the Skipper Allen Fu who led from the front. The main wicket taker was Jeremy Yao and S Quazi took a “ripper” of a catch as well as Z Rizvi doing well behind the stumps as a first time wicket keeper, according to the coach.

See the Cricket Website match report

Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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SBHS Debating

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Tuesday, November 6 at 6.30 pm in the Staff Common Room.

All parents of the Debating Community at SBHS are invited and encouraged to attend the AGM in order to review the past season and to plan for 2008.

This is your opportunity to contribute to shaping the program and the future of Debating at High. Next year there are due to be some significant changes and additions to the program, so to find out more about these and to elect office bearers for 2008 please come along and participate actively in your school community.


If you have feedback to provide regarding the 2007 season and cannot attend the meeting please forward it to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Items for the agenda and apologies for the meeting should be sent to The DSG Secretary, David Rudder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
MIC Debating
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