High Notes, Vol 8 No 36, November 23 2007

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Justin Zuo on his success at the 2007 Australian Science Olympiads National Qualifying Examination, sat by 3000 students. Justin was invited to become an Australian Science Olympiad Scholar and to attend the residential training program in January, 2008.

Orientation Day
Thank you to Suzanna Lim, Hugh Howey, the P & C volunteers, particularly Barbara Taylor, our new Prefects Elect and the SASS staff, for their work in the afternoon and evening. Orientation Day is arguably our biggest day of the year. People started arriving from 10 am, we were busy all day and well into the evening with last one standing, Michelle Gentele, heroically trading at the High Store until 9:45 pm. The revenue we take on the day represents nearly 5% of our entire income so organisation, front of house friendliness and efficient processing are critical. Once again everyone did well and our debriefing will lead to improvements for next year.

Music Awards Assembly
The achievements of our musical students were celebrated this week at our special assembly. The names of members of the Marching Band and the GPS Music Festival are reprinted elsewhere. My address is reprinted below:

"Special guests, members of the Music Committee, staff and students, welcome to our 2nd annual Music Awards Assembly. This morning’s assembly is an occasion to recognise and acknowledge the accomplishments of our performance music program participants. Music as a co-curricular activity has an elevated status in GPS schools because musical performances are integral to many assemblies, formal occasions and special events that define and build school culture. Musical performance is vertically integrated and access to ensembles is based on merit. It is a uniting activity and it provides opportunities for students to perform for an audience, which is one important reason why people learn to play instruments. Musical performance showcases the talents of our students to the wider community. Our Marching Band has built up a strong reputation at Anzac Day marches. We contribute many performers to the Combined GPS concert. Performance music is a major co-curricular activity at High. Your programs indicate the depth and breadth of musical performance opportunities at High.

"Today, we are gathered to recognise again the important part that music plays in the life of our school. The number of students studying music to the HSC level has continued to be strong, with several musicians nominated for Encore. This year the school withdrew its responsibility for employing the tutors that develop the musical skills of individual performers. There were too many difficulties in communication and accountability for the school to continue. I believe we have settled into a more sustainable model for 2008 with the music staff assigning the music to be practised with tutors and a student practice log to record individual progress. Also, music staff will hear performances by students to gauge progress towards mastery of the set pieces. Hopefully, there will be a closer alignment between what the academic staff and the tutoring staff are trying to do for our students.

"Thank you to the Music Staff and Ms Louise Gaul for their work in administering the music program this year. Debra Gilmore, Rita Miller and Suzanna Lim have put in a great deal of effort to support both the academic and performance music programs this year. Dr Mary Myerscough has led the Music Committee well this year with the help of treasurer, Anne Aylmer. An expensive instrument has been added to our inventory of instruments available for use by students. I thank the Music Committee on your behalf for their support. A special thank you to the P & C for their recent donation of $15,000 to replace our two upright pianos that have served as work horses in rooms 101 and 201 for a generation. Room 101 has been set up with PCs to accommodate digital composition by students. Once the software is fully operational, students will have much greater power to compose and hear their digital compositions. The software should enable our boys to improve their compositions and hence lift their academic music outcomes.

"High produces many good musicians and the purpose of the assembly is about honouring their efforts. I congratulate those boys being recognised today and urge them to continue their efforts in musical training and performance. "

Communication Issues
Parents have complained that the PDF version of High Notes does not have a legible calendar on the back page. I have asked for a link to be inserted on top of the calendar page to lead readers back to the school’s website where the calendar is located on the right hand side navigation bar. Click on the underlined month to highlight the calendar contents for the current month. The whole page can be printed. Similarly, parents wanting a full list of Saturday teams and fixtures only have to click on the navigation bar for the fixture, say SHSvTSC for Saturday, 24th November, and a full list of matches and venues will be displayed to be printed if desired. These data are updated each evening for accuracy and Mr Dowdell updates them on wet Saturday mornings by 0700.
Dr K A Jaggar
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Did you know?

Did you know that the High Court of Australia was established in 1903? Since that date, one old boy of Sydney High and one teacher have been appointed to the final court of appeal in Australia. Lionel Murphy (1940) was a Justice of the High Court, 1975-1986; Albert Bathurst Piddington (teacher: 1883-1891) was appointed a Justice on 6 March 1913, but resigned in controversial circumstances before taking office on 5 April 1913. Piddington was also a Vice President of the Old Boys’ Union, 1892-1894.
SHS Old Boys Union
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Sydney Schools Climate Change Forum

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing us today. Not only do we need to consider how we respond to this we need to ensure that we can manage this sustainably. As part of the climate change initiative, the DET set up a ‘Sydney Schools Climate Change Forum’. The idea is that a school version of the Kyoto Protocol is debated by students and that this then goes back to their schools to form the basis for future action. It’s a two-part process with the first part, a training day, held recently. Three students from year 9 – Max Phillis, Puneet Baweja and Tadeusz Davenport were invited to represent the school at this session. The aim was to discuss the draft Protocol and to see what changes were needed. It was also an opportunity to see how other schools were responding to these issues. It was a busy but very interesting day. As a final reminder, we were given two tree saplings which would reduce the carbon emissions our journey produced (although it was by public transport so a lower figure already!); these will be planted in the school grounds. The next day is a formal debate at the NSW Parliament House.
Paul Ganderton
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Change of dates for Year 10

The Year 10 Mathematics and English Preliminary Course Placement Exams have been moved to Wednesday 5 December. The last day for Year 10 boys will be the day on which their School Certificate grades are received. At this stage it is expected that boys will receive their School Certificates on Thursday 13 December.
R Dowdell
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Academic Achievement List – Year 10 2007

Congratulations to the following boys in Year 10 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.

Timothy Burston
Yiming Cao
Jack Chen
Jeffrey Chen
Patrick Desmond
Matthew Dinh
David Fan
Stephen Garofano
Desmond Hi
Jeremy Ireland
Daniel Lambert
Victor Lam
Brian Lau
Matthew Lau
Aolin Li
Kang Lim
Victor Seng
Yi Lim
Daniel Lo
Mark Lucchitti
Simon Lu
Eric Martini
Maxeem Mikha
Kent Nguyen
Thomas Nguyen
Daniel Shan
Timothy Siu
Nevin Spoljaric
Denis Stojanovic
Wilson Szet
Joshua Tassell
Leonard Teng
Matthew Tong
Luke Tran
Jack Wachsmann
Thomas Wilson
Shorson Zhang
Michael Zhou
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Academic Achievement List – Year 11 2007

Congratulations to the following boys in Year 11 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.

Amer Amin
Ajay Balachandran
Ishan Bapat
Michael Bock
Daniel Chim
Jun Dai
David Fan
Darren Ho
Kartik Iyer
Remy Ji
Albert Kim
Christopher Lam
Alvin Leung
Andrew Leung
Nathan Lieu
Ruiwen Liu
Nicholas Lochner
Bernard Lung
Edwin Montoya Zorrilla
Peter Nguyen
Varan Perananthan
Daniel Pham
Paul Phuah
Karan Rao
Ricky Ratnayake
Anosh Sivashanmugarajah
Marco Sun
Andrew Tang
Simon Ting
Daochen Tong
Benjamin Tseng
Nazim Uddin
Arthur Wang
Kevin Wang
Jason Wong
Roy Wong
Robert Yoon
Zheshu Zhang
Justin Zuo
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Congratulations to Tom Hurrell, Ashwin Thomas and Alex Shapilsky who have been set aside for potential selection in Art Express. . Their artworks will be displayed at the end of year Art exhibition and P&C event for all parents and students on Tuesday 11 December. This evening is relaxed, entertaining and inspiring so pencil it into your diaries now.

A reminder to all students and families, Tuesday 11 December is the Annual Creative Arts Exhibition and P&C end of year event. This year we are thrilled to have three of the five students nominated for encore perform throughout the evening accompanied by the award winning 3/5s diminished. Some student’s art work will be offered for sale.
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Music Notes

SBHS Spring Music Festival
Last Thursday and Sunday’s Annual Spring Music Festival saw a wonderful and diverse range of repertoire performed by our various ensembles. Our Chamber Ensemble evening on Thursday showcased the Junior and Senior Percussion who opened the concert with stunning rhythms followed by the Chamber choir’s energetic rendition of two popular numbers. The Training strings performed strongly followed by the Guitar Ensemble playing a few Christmas hits and last but certainly not least, our Senior Strings conclude this musical evening with a beautiful performance of Corelli’s Concerto No VIII. Sunday’s concert showcased our Intermediate Concert Band, Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra and also featured Yr 12 HSC soloists. Thank you to all the parents, families and staff who came and supported our dedicated musicians.

Music Awards Dinner
The Annual Music Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday the 8th of December in the Great Hall at 7pm. This evening acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our young musicians throughout the year. We will be hosting a special guest speaker who will also be performing for us. Please purchase your tickets through the main office by Thursday 29th of November (Week 7). Prices are $25.00 for students and children under 16 and $30.00 for adults.

Music Awards Assembly
Monday 19th of November 2007

School Song - arranged by Wilson Wong (Yr 12, 2007)

Dr Kim Jaggar - Principal’s Address

Musical Item - Muhamed Mehmedbasic (double bass) Accompanied by Zsuzsanna Giscy

Special Guest - Carl Dewhurst (Guitarist, Dip Mus, M Mus – ANU)

Presentation of Awards
Marching Band Awards - Dr Kim Jaggar
Presented to Drum Major Anthony Ho
GPS Awards - Mrs Myerscough
Presented to Nathan Kwok
Piano Competition -
Ms Rita Miller

Musical Item - James Mackay (alto sax) and band

Presentation of Awards

Music Pocket Awards - Ms Suzanna Lim
Encore Nominations - Ms Debra Gilmore
Music Prefect Trophy Awards - Mr Carl Dewhurst

Musical Item - Paul Pang (Old Boy 2006)

National Anthem
Official Party Leaves

Piano performances by Zhi Zu, Schuman Zhang and Dominic Wong

Music Performance Achievements 2007
Instrumental Recruitment - Monday 5th February
Speech night - Senior Stage Band /James Mackay/Paul Pang (Encore 2007) - Tuesday 20th February
ENCORE Concert (featuring Paul Pang 2006) - Monday 12th February
Yr10/11/12 to SSO Sinfonia Composition Day with Richard Gill – Australian music educator and conductor - Thursday 22nd March
Anzac Day March - Tuesday 25th April
Training Band Camp - Sat/Sun 5th/6th May
Tutor Instrumental Soirees - 7th-11th May
Year 12 solos performances at Eastgardens- Friday Education Week - 18th
May Annual Music Camp (200 students) - 28th – 30th May
Yarramundi CC Camp concert – 6.00pm SBHS Great Hall - Wednesday 30th May
Cabaret Night - Saturday 14th June
Senior Stage Band for Musicfest– Parramatta Park - Thursday 21st June
SBHS Piano Competition - Weeks 1 – 4, Term 3
Australian Music Composition Workshop MLC School (Yr10/11 acc/Yr12) - Thursday 26th July
Jazz workshop all day @ SBHS - Friday 27th July SBHS
Winter Festival Great Hall - Thursday 2nd August Yr11/12
Composition workshops with SGHS & Composer Nigel Butterley - March, May
Year 12 Music performance workshops with SGHS - April, May,
June Jazz group Diminished 5ths 2007
Sydney Region Music Festival Sydney Opera House – 5th September
GPS Music Festival (72 SBHS Students) - Fri 31st August, Sat 1st September
Diminished 5ths Jazz Ensemble Surry Hills Festival - Sat 6th Sept Jazz
Stage Band Festival (Joan Sutherland PA Centre, Penrith) Junior Stage Band and Diminished 5ths (1st Prize) - Sunday 9th September
ENCORE Nominations for HSC performances - Wednesday, 12th September
Concert in the Courtyard - All-day Workshop from 10.00 and performance @2pm - Sunday 11th November
Spring Music Festival Great Hall - Thursday 15th & Sunday 18th Nov
Music Assembly - Monday 19th November
Orientation Day (Junior Stage, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Jazz) - Tuesday 20th November
Trinity College battle of the bands - Saturday 1st December
Jazz Ensemble and Senior Strings @ Cadet Dinner - Thursday 6th December
Music Awards Dinner – to celebrate music achievements in 2007 Special Guest speaker, noted Australian composer Sonny Chua - Saturday 8th December
P&C Art Show - small ensembles and soloists - Tuesday 11th December

SOH-Elective students Yrs 9,10,11,12 - Meet the Music Concerts - March, May, July, September 2007
*Piano students from elective classes provide Processional and Recessional, School Song and National Anthem accompaniment at all formal school assemblies. *Performing Arts Unit – successful auditions by Jason Kok (bass clarinet)
*Sydney Youth Orchestra – successful audition by Muhamed Mehmedbasic (double bass). The boys in the SYO and PAU commit to rehearsing and performing throughout the year.
*ENCORE nominees in 2007 – Aaron Tse, Wayne Wang, Zhi Zu (piano) Muhamed Mehmedbasic (bass) James Mackay (alto saxophone), Nathan Kwok (composition)
*Music Prefects 2008- Ivan Cerecina, Ashwin Thomas, Anthony Ho, Muhamed Mehmedbasic, Alex Shapilsky, Toby Rosengarten

SBHS Music Supporters Group

SBHS offers an impressive performance music program that caters to all levels of talent and experience. Currently it offers percussion and string ensembles and concert and stage bands at junior, intermediate and senior levels; a large guitar ensemble, a choral group and a symphony orchestra. The SBHS marching band represents the school at the Sydney Anzac Day March and each year the Great SBHS Piano Competition presents talented competitors at both senior and junior levels. It is one of the most comprehensive music performance programs in any of the selective schools, involving over 220 boys and reflects excellence in performance at all levels.

The SBHS Music Supporters Group (parents) provides the Music Department with both financial and practical support to help enable them to offer this program - if your son is joining one ensemble, or more, at SBHS we would like to invite you to join the SBHS Music Supporters Group.

Last year, through its parking and other fundraising activities, the Group provided over $17,000 worth of instruments and music to the school, funded music workshops, scholarships for instrumental tuition and other activities. The group also assists in organising the showcase concerts throughout the year, including the Cabaret Night – an evening of Jazz and dancing, and the annual Music Awards Dinner where boys are recognized for their talent and commitment to the music program. We also provide barbeques for the boys at other music events through the year.

Being a SBHS Music Supporter does not require a huge commitment of your time. The group meets once or twice a term, usually on a Monday night, at the school. Discussion is usually focussed on instrumental requirements, fundraising and planning for upcoming performance events, though any music issues can be raised. You may have experience or contacts to help our fundraising for the music program or you may just like to attend to learn more about your son’s performance music experience at SBHS. Members of the music staff always attend the supporters group meetings and we try to keep the meetings short and to the point! As a supporter you may volunteer your time once or twice during the year to assist with our fundraising parking, help on a barbeque or assist at a performance event.

Please complete the slip below, detach and place in the collection box at the P& C stand and we will contact you with details about the 2008 activities of the SBHS Music Supporters Group including the date of our first meeting – we look forward to seeing you there and welcome your son to performance music at SBHS! If you would like to contact the group for further information please email:

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Sydney High Water Polo

GPS Round 3:
Riverview 2nds 20 v 1 High High were home to Iggies at Iggies on Saturday. The boys were surprised to be met with open hostility as the Saint Ignatius team dunked and drowned them. Kiril Mickovski scored another rebound bringing his total of goals up to two for the season. The Iggies boys would not let this ride and following the goal, Kiril was attacked in a scuffle in which the refs had to intervene. Besides the obvious action, High were left sorely disappointed after another 20 goal thrashing.
Ziggy Harrison-Tikisci
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1st Grade Wins NSW All Schools Cup
High’s 3 volleyball teams going to Melbourne in December had their last hit out at the final NSW All Schools Tournament played at Olympic Park on Sunday.

A skeleton crew of 6 players made up the 1st grade team. Jamie and Weiping did a good job in the middle but without our tall blockers the going was tough. Cumberland and Blue Mountains Grammar were beaten in straight sets but a pumped up Great Lakes SC team were determined opponents and took the preliminary match with an energetic display of quality volleyball.

With a win in the playoffs, High made it to the Final to meet GLSC again. With a modified strategy using more right side attack and the inclusion of Stephen Dong from the 17s team, High reaffirmed control to claim the gold medal.

The 17s were unlucky to miss out on a berth in the final and finished 3rd. The 16s were also missing key players and did well to finish 4th.

The 3 teams depart for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup next month. The AVSC is held in Melbourne from the 9th to the 14th of Melbourne. A record number of over 400 teams from Australia and New Zealand have entered this year’s event.
M Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Rowing News

The Rowing Calendar which is available on the school website under summer sport, Rowing is reprinted below. The major coming events are the junior Head of the Parramatta this Saturday for Years 9 & 10 rowers, the family Regatta day where all members of the school family are welcome to come to the sheds and have a row, the GPS sculling regatta where for the first time the top four scullers from each school will compete against each other and the naming of the new VIII Dr K A Jaggar. More details later.

Sat 24 Junior Head of the Parramatta SRC
Thurs 29 Senior A, B, C Camp ( yr 10 on Camp ) Abbotsford
Sat 1 Family Regatta day 10.00am Abbotsford
  GPS Scull SIRC
Mon 3 Senior A & B Camp Abbotsford
Thurs 6 Year 10 VIIIs visit by Melbourne High Abbotsford
Fri 7 Year 10 VIIIs visit by Melbourne High Billet
Sat 8 Year 10 VIIIs visit by Melbourne High, Race Hen & Chicken
Sun 9 Year 10 Melbourne Racing continued Hen & Chicken
Sun 9 Junior F Camp Abbotsford
Mon 10 Junior D & E Camp Abbotsford
Tues 11 Seat Racing C,D,E Hen & Chicken
Thurs 13 Senior A & B Camp Abbotsford
Fri 14 Senior Selection SIRC
Sat 15 Shed Race Ryde Bridge
Wed 19 Scull A,B & C Abbotsford
  Holiday program  
Tues 15 Senior A Camp  Abbotsford
Wed 16 Senior A Camp  Abbotsford
Thurs 17 Senior A Camp Nepean Shores
Fri 18 Senior A Camp Abbotsford
Sat 20 A,B & C Row 7am Abbotsford
Mon 21 A Camp Abbotsford
  B & C Row 8am Abbotsford
Tues 22 A Camp Abbotsford
  B & C Row 8am Abbotsford
Wed 23 Junior Row 9am to 2pm, 2 rows Abbotsford
  Senior B & C Camp starts 8am Abbotsford
Thurs 24 Senior A Row then boatload Abbotsford
  Junior Row 9am to 2pm, 2 rows Abbotsford
  Senior B & C Camp  Abbotsford
Fri 25 Senior A  Camp Abbotsford
  Junior Row 9am to 2pm, 2 rows Abbotsford
Tues 29 School commences 7, 11 & 12  
Wed 30 Row A, B, C Abbotsford

The following is a report from the Captain of Boats 2008, Daniel O’Keefe.

The senior A rowing group (first and second eights) have been training since term 2 with weekly Sunday sculling sessions. Training picked up during the athletics season and in the holidays there were preliminary selections for the A and B (fours) groups. Since then all crews have been working hard under a schedule consisting of single sculling, crew rowing in eights or fours and regular weights sessions. The first eight is under the tutelage of Head Coach Oliver Wilson. George Barris and Dave Luscombe are guiding the second eight. James Gerofi is heading the fours program and Fin Murray is providing help across the board. Jason Tassell is in charge of the weights program.

Two weeks ago on Wednesday the A group selections took place at SIRC (Sydney International Regatta Centre) The gruelling selection consisted of multiple scull race over 1500 and 2000 metres. The day ran smoothly due to the hard work of Head Coach Oliver Wilson, Mr Barris and Mr Daish. It was a tough day for all involved and there were many hard races. The crews selected are as follows in order from stroke to bow, the preliminary second eight Rob Chen, Clive Chen, Tom Harvey, Jack Wachsman, Jason Nguyen, Khalid Ahmed, Roy Chen, Alex Belokopytov coxed by Pravin Radhakrishnan. The preliminary first eight is as follows again from stroke to bow, Daniel O’Keefe, David Vien, Mitch Kelly, Harrison Reid, Brynley Pfull, Shahar Merom, Christopher Andrews, Mathew Ling coxed by Patrick Desmond.

The racing season got off to an early start with the Head of the Parramatta race this last Saturday. A 4.5 km time trial the race in reality was treated as more off a training row than a competitive race. The first VIII raced with a rating cap as per Head Coach Wilson’s master plan. Despite the deliberate handicap the eight managed to finish close to many of the other crews, a good sign of things to come. The senior rowing group now have our biggest training month ahead of us as we seek to build for December selections.
Con Barris
MIC Rowing

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Student Awards Scheme Closing Dates

Closing dates for 2007
Year 11
: Tuesday 27 November
Year 10: Monday 3 December
Year 9: Friday 7 December
Year 8: Friday 30 November
Year 7: Friday 30 November

Unfortunately, claims made after the closing date cannot be processed.
J Beringer
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Family Regatta

The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students, parents, teachers and supporters to the
Family Regatta
Saturday 1st December 2007
at the
Outterside Centre
Teviot Ave, Abbotsford

BBQ Foods
Free Harbour Cruises (self propelled)

Come Along and meet ‘The Crew’
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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS St Ignatius

Term 1 2007-(last time)

1st LOSS 67-81 H.WALKER 21
2nd LOSS 78-52 A.LE 18
3rd LOSS 12-33 S.WANG 4
4th LOSS 31-39 J.TAO 10
5th LOSS 40-15 D.CHIU 6
6th WIN 9-36 D.HUANG 9
7th WIN 35-24 R.TRAN 9, M.CHEN 8
8th WIN 32-8 J.LAI 14
16A WIN    
16B WIN    
15A LOSS 28-31 J.SUTTON 12
15C WIN 27-20 W.LEE 7
15D LOSS 13-27 M.LEE, J.LEE 4
15E WIN 47-12 I.LI 12
14A LOSS 29-41 N.AUTAR 10
14B LOSS 24-13 S.BESTON 2
14C LOSS 34-15 B.DO 6
14D LOSS 34-8 A.HO 4
14E LOSS 43-22 M.WEI 14
13C LOSS 71-10 N.TANG 4
13D LOSS 49-8 D.WANG 4
13E LOSS 74-4 M.ZHU 2, B.CHAU 2

Term 4 2007-(This week)

1st LOSS 71-62 S.DONG 17, J.CHOW 12
2nd LOSS 74-41 J.SUTTON 12
3rd LOSS 33-40 A.YANG 16
4th LOSS 8-18 B.YANG 6
5th LOSS 42-20 F.LEE, A.LI 6
6th LOSS 24-18 A.GRIGORI 6
16B WIN 32-24 V.VO 11
16E WIN 27-9 C.JIONG 5
15A LOSS 17-55 S.BESTON 5
15B LOSS 15-29 M.KOBRAS 7
15C WIN 17-11 H.TRAN 6
14C LOSS 42-11 H.TING-LIN 6
14E LOSS 10-29 B.CHAU 4
14F LOSS 2-38 W.HO 2

To Coaches
Remember to return results to Mr Hayman by 12pm MONDAY.

This week 2nd Grade plays Scots-the AAGPS web site table shows the two teams appear to be very evenly matched. Please support this group of predominantly year 9 boys as they try to stay in the top half of the competition…..

255 FOR

252 FOR

Mr Hayman's Players of the Week: H Zhuong, J Meaney, M Jones, J Chow
In term 1 2007 the mighty 15Ds lost 13-27. However this term as 16Ds they managed to gain a win 28-26. H Zhuong scored over a third of his teams total including the game winning shot with 3 seconds remaining in the game. Well done! In the first grade game Jackson Meaney made his debut for the Sydney Boys side. It was impressive; both he and Matthew Jones finished the game being the most productive on the day for the SBHS side. Justin Chow seems to be on the recovery from the knee injury he suffered at the beginning of the season. He was tearing up the opposition bringing the ball up court with confidence. I am anticipating a quality game against Scots this week who are establishing themselves as the team to beat.
B Hayman

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

Weights program
Basketball players of all ages are advised to take up the weights program to improve their fitness and physical strength. Putting in this extra effort is well worth the time. It’s inexpensive compared to the price outside of our school!

15s State Knockout
Our 15s have gone a long way in their state knockout and now finally they’re in the finals! It shows the great potential our school has in the coming years! Check out the results in next week’s article!

Tactical Gameplay
Too often teams run into a locked position where their offence runs into a dead stop with no movement or even simply having the ball stolen at the half court line against a press. Below are many of the tips that I remember from my coaches in breaking these situations. Obviously run plays if your team has them.

Against a press:
Make use of the inbounder! He’s often the key to a press-break forcing the opponents into defensive transition situations!
Take smart options! Lob passing gives the defender time to get to and even steal the ball! Dribbling will often leave you double-teamed and trapped at the half court line! So make good use of passing. Good passes should break a press and result in a fastbreak! We want the opponent to press us - that makes it a running game which we are good at!
Never crowd around the ball. Do not bring your defender to the ball. Standing in space and taking a few steps towards the ball to catch it will often prevent the steal!

General offence:
Avoid screening on the ball! It’ll only pull your defender to the ball and often give your defender a sneaky attempt at the ball too! If no one seems to be moving, don’t wait till your team-mates start the action. Cut hard or screen away! Pass and screen away is a common thing in plays! Don’t forget that you shouldn’t move until the screen is actually set and that you should brush shoulders with whoever is setting the screen! Guards remember to make leads! Forwards seal your man and put a hand as to where you want the ball. Team work and communication wins games.

~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

Results Statistics may be good for bean counters but in sport they can completely mislead you when people make judgments based on them. When we look at last Saturday’s results, the win loss ratio is below the starting results we achieved in the Trial matches and round 1 with the teams in Group 1. However conversely what doesn’t show up is the efforts of the teams on the field with bowling, catching and fielding let alone consistent performers with the individual achievers all of which contributes to a successful combination.

Unfortunately we are not all putting it together at the one time, but the mood is growing more confident and teams now believe they are competitive and can win.

The 15As in point, were 4-14 chasing the Shore’s total of 3-174 when their quota of overs was up, falling just 26 runs short of victory, whilst the 15Bs scored 195 for the loss of 9 wickets and bundled Riverview out for 106.Not to be outdone the 15Cs batted first and finished at 7-88 and then rattled through Newington’s line up to have them all out for 76. What do the scores tell us? The result!!

Other than that it is the feedback from coaches, managers and captains that indicate where our weaknesses are AND THAT leads us to the need for frank Match Reports that highlight where we fell down on the day. When this happens and we know “6 catches were dropped” we can address it at sport training sessions the following week.

Parents and cricket enthusiasts like to see results of how our teams perform but I cannot do this via High Notes if reports are not submitted. Therefore Match reports are required each Monday by NO LATER than 6pm after weekend games, with final scores of both teams, scores for best 3 batsmen and 3 best bowlers which will appear in High Notes The short report then can be displayed on the Cricket Website. Remember they are also a guide for sport training sessions.

We play Scots this coming weekend and as an incentive for ALL players to take up the challenge, all runs scored, wickets taken, catches made and run-outs created will receive DOUBLE POINTS for the Junior Cricketer of the Season Award. This applies to ALL players in the Years 7, 8 and 9 teams (Under 13 – Under 16 teams). There will be further run scoring bonuses displayed on the Cricket Website.


GROUP 1 TEAMS (One Day fixtures)

1st XI SHORE 5-174 - defeated - HIGH 10-112
A match report appears on the Cricket Website with the story of the day

2nd XI SHORE 6-103 - defeated - HIGH 10-96
High were sent in to bat and were building a respectable score with some steady batting through to the middle order, then 5 consecutive ducks, left us 30 runs short of what would have been a defendable score. Shore then went to bat and after losing 2 quick wkts settled down until Neeraj Bangalore produced an inspired bowling spell which could have produced a win if we had made that 30 odd runs. Run scorers were Nakul Pedneker 29, Avish Sharma 15, Shreyas Iyer 14 Varan Perananthan and Harrison Lane 9 each. Wicket takers Neeraj Bangalore 4-30, Vaibhav Sharma 1-22 and Varan Perananthan 1-28. See match report on the Cricket Website

3rd XI SHORE 2-46 - defeated - HIGH 10-45
Run Scorers were Damien Tse 12, Ryan Sutton 9, Tasneem Choudhury 6 and Nick Lindeback 5 Wicket takers were Timmy Lim 1-22 (4) and Damien Tse 1-23(4). Not a good day at the office for the boys. 5 ducks didn’t help the cause.

16As SHORE 10-224 - defeated - HIGH 6-120
The report from team captain advised that after a good start the standard in the field early it became dismal and let them down and allowed Shore to amass 224. High then took the crease and in reply were 6-120 at stumps being the first time the team was not bowled out. More experience at the one day format is required for future games. Run scorers were Ashwin Ramesh 32, Ben Encel 30, Justin Hajj 17 and Nafiz Chowdhury 12.

15As SHORE 3-174 - defeated - HIGH 4- 149
High sent Shore into bat and bowled tightly to the drinks break with Shore at 54, but after that it went downhill and in the last 15 overs put on 120. High then began the chase and were 0-54 after 15 overs and were blazing away until a few run-less overs built the run rate too much for the remaining batsmen and fell short by 26 runs. Run Scorers were Michael Phung 78n.o., Hashan Subasinghe 38 and Nakul Bhagwat 17, Wicket Takers were Shimon Danziger 1-16 (5), Saif Haque 1-23 and Nakul Bhagwat 1-23 (4). A match report appears on the Cricket Website

GROUP 2 TEAMS-(30 /30 Fixtures)

16Bs RIVERVIEW - defeated - HIGH (no scores available)
A report from the team captain Jimari Bastable indicated both teams were short of players and agreed to play a 20 /20 match in lieu. High batted first and looked like developing a reasonable score but then lost 5 wkts without adding a run. Riverview then knocked over the runs in a few less overs than we batted. Wicket taker for High was Tony Silveria with 2-22. No other details available..

15Bs HIGH 9-195 - defeated- RIVERVIEW 10-109
Another victory!! High won the toss and got off to a flyer with improved running between wkts and at drinks were 3-125 and at 30 overs finished with 9-195 We took our first wkt in the 5th over and Riverview lost wkts regularly and were all out for 109 in the 24th over. Run scorers David Chan 56, Samuel Lane 31, Derek Wei 28 and Krishan Sivayogarayan 25. Wicket takers were Shanaz Razeen 2-13(4), and Vino Anandaselvakumar, Krishan Sivayogarayan, Derek Wei, Samuel Lane and Ishman Bari took one wkt each

15Cs HIGH 7-88 - defeated - NEWINGTON 10-76

14As SHORE 10-159 - defeated - HIGH 10 -63
Shore batted first but High achieved dismissing all batsmen. Then at the crease we weathered the opening overs only losing 2 wkts, but then got bogged down and the run rate mounted as we failed to keep the strike turning over. However we batted out our 30 overs to finish with 63. During this week we will concentrate on calling running between wickets and leg side shots. Run scorers Tom Connelly 13n.o., Shumit Hoque 10, Dhruv Guptaa and Jason Pham 4. Wicket takers were Sudam Dias 3 19 (6), Dhruv Guptaa 3-23 (6), Aman Saksena 1-36 (5) and Ahdil Ansareen 1-12 (5).NOTE- Bowlers may ONLY BOWL 5 OVERS in this grade.

14Bs RIVERVIEW 5-211 - defeated - HIGH 10-81
No Match Report submitted. Main run scorers were Dhruv Sabharwal 34 and Lalitha Katupitiya 9 runs. No bowling figures available.

14Cs RIVERVIEW 5-219 - defeated - HIGH 10-32
Main run scorers were Harry Heo 10 and Shubash Quazi 9 runs. The main wicket taker was Vincent Chen taking 2 21. The coach thanks Harry Heo and Shi Feng for backing up after playing a morning game.

Melbourne High School have contacted us and advised a snafu has occurred in their school ground preparations and have requested we arrive in Melbourne on Wednesday 12th Dec and play for the Cup on Thu 13th and Fri 14th Dec which we have agreed to. The Sydney team will NOW return home Friday evening 14th Dec.

As a result of the Barberis Cup change of dates the All Nations Cup will now be rescheduled to a day advised by the school, prior to the Christmas Vacation period. An announcement will be made in the Mango Sheet as soon as it is confirmed.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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Spooky Men’s Chorale

CD Launch “Stop Scratching It”
The Great Hall - Friday, 7 December 2007 at 8.00pm

The Spooky Men's Chorale, a 17 strong Blue Mountains based all-bloke vocal ensemble who have taken their messages of tool sheds and male bonding to the wider world, will launch their new CD “Stop Scratching It” on Friday, 7 December 2007. Spooky Men have chosen the The Great Hall @ Sydney Boys High as a venue with sufficient "grandeur" to unveil their formidable repertoire. They have performed to capacity audiences at major Australian festivals and have twice toured the UK extensively, with appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to legions of devoted fans at festivals across the UK.

Spooky Men have gently savaged the conventions of cappella singing with a musical ethos inspired by the great men's choirs from the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia and include songs by Casey Chambers, Abba, Joni Mitchell, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Hilaire Belloc as well as songs about male preoccupations - power tools, sheds, domestication and facial hair - penned by the Chorale's leader and Spookmeister, Stephen Taberner.

Tickets $18/$14 from www.moshtix.com or $20/$16 at the door

For more information: www.spookymen.com.au and www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6UnLro4JOc 
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SBHS Chinese New Year Celebration

23 FEBRUARY 2008

The School Development Committee and the P & C invite you to celebrate the New School Year and the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Rat).

On Saturday 23 Feb 2008
Asian food, Entertainment, Music, Prizes, Lion Dance, etc

We need your help to make this a fantastic evening for the school community.

We would love to have donations from Businesses (particularly involved with the School) to give as small prizes on the night, or items that would add to the enjoyment of the night. We need volunteers to help in all phases of the preparations eg: give ideas, help in setting up, decorating and clearing etc.

We would like you to come to the party.

$25 per adult & high school student
$20 per primary school student
Free for children 5 & under
$100 for family of 5 or 6 people

Payment to reserve your place is to be received at the school by 7 December 2007

To help or for further information please contact Charles Ovadia on 0412 560 511 or 9386 1221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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Attention All Year 8 Parents

You are all invited to an informal get-together on
Wednesday 5th December at 7pm
to be held at
Non La Vietnamese Restaurant 59 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

No agenda; just good food and good company to celebrate the end of the year.

If you would like to come along please contact Fabienne Ovadia on 9386 1221 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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Canteen Volunteers Christmas Party

We’d love to welcome all our volunteers to our

Christmas Afternoon Tea
Friday 30 November, at 2.00pm

It’s a chance for us to socialise as a group and also say a huge
Thank You
to all our Year 12 parents and others who are moving on.

With many Year 12 parents leaving, we are actively seeking new volunteers.

If you have never tried helping in the canteen, why not give it a go? It’s a great way to make a really substantial contribution to our school. No need to wait until next year….come along to the party and introduce yourself!

For our continuing volunteers
We know your work and family commitments can change over time, so, if you find a different day would suit better for 2008, be quick and arrange a new time with Karen & Tracey TODAY.
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Cricket: Attention all Parents

The Australian Five Highs Cricket Carnival will be held in Sydney from December 3 to December 7, SBHS are hosts this year.

There will be 52 Boys coming from interstate that will require billeting for 5 nights. The boys will be playing cricket all day and basically need somewhere to sleep along with an evening meal. If you can help we would greatly appreciate your support and generosity.

If you can assist please contact Chris Kourtesis (Maths Dept) X127 or email me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Note: Boys who take billets are not required to attend school during that week
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New Library & Performing Arts Centre

Tax Deductible 125th Anniversary Project
Sydney Boys High School depends upon its community of parents, Old Boys and supporters to further the School’s ethos of the pursuit of all-round excellence.

We have a bold vision for a two stage Library & Performing Arts Centre. With advances in information technology, there is a pressing need to create a facility which is able to adapt and keep pace with meeting the increasing needs of our students. The estimated cost of the combined project is $4m. Stage one requires $1.8m; we have $400k. A new tax deductible monthly giving program has been introduced to help fund our development goal.

We have implemented an arrangement with ANZ Bank for automatic monthly deductions from a nominated credit card. You can elect to give $50, $40, $30 or $20 each month for a period of twelve months. Your nominated amount, along with your name and credit card details will be sent to the bank electronically. At the end of the financial year, the school will issue an annual statement as evidence of tax deductible donations. You can opt in or out of the scheme provided you notify the school in writing five working days before the fifteenth day of each month.

Thank you for helping to make a difference for our boys.

Name: ___________________________________________________
Daytime Phone Number: ___________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________
         ________________________________ Postcode: _____
Email Address: __________________________________________
I authorise SBHS to make the following deductions from the credit card nominated below:
Card Type:                       ___ Mastercard          ___ Visa
Monthly deduction for 12 months: ___ $50     ___ $40     ___ $30     ___ $20
Card Number:            _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
Expiry Date:            ____  /  ____      
Cardholder’s Name:      ____________________________________
                                  [please print]
Cardholder’s Signature:    ____________________________________
Date:                   ______________

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Canteen Price List

The Sydney Boys High School Canteen is open between 8:30am - 1:40pm on school days.
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. * a time to place lunch orders * breakfast is available
It is to your advantage to pre-order lunches: it saves waiting in queues and ensures you get what you want.

Sandwiches and Rolls

Filling Sandwiches Rolls

Orders Only
cheese & salad $ 2.20 $ 2.80
chicken & salad $ 3.20 $ 3.80
corned beef & salad $ 2.60 $ 3.40
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 $ 2.80 $ 3.50
vegemite $ 1.20 $ 1.50

Orders and over-counter sales

Filling Sandwiches Rolls
buttered roll   $ 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   $ 3.00
curried egg & lettuce $ 2.20 $ 2.50
egg & lettuce $ 2.20 $ 2.50
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   $ 5.50
Mini wrap
- chicken & caesar
- chicken & coleslaw
- chicken & 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 $0.80
fresh fruit salad $2.20
finger bun $1.80
banana bread $1.40

Hot Food

Orders and over-counter sales

cheese & spinach puff $2.40
chicken & corn roll $1.30
chicken puff $2.50
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
chicken burger $4.00
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


Cereal bowl $ 2.00
Hot chocolate $ 1.00
Cheese toast $ 1.00
Cheese & tomato toast $ 1.20
Cheese & bacon bun $ 2.20
Croissant - ham & cheese $ 2.40
Raisin toast $ 1.00
Bacon & egg muffin $ 3.00



In addition, various sweets and
are available over the counter

Prices effective 16/7/2007

Minor prices changes will occur as a direct
result of increases by suppliers

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