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Back to the Sheds day, 27 October 2012

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All old boys, rowing community, and their families are invited to


Saturday 27 October 2012
7am until 9am

at the Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford
We welcome all past rowers to participate in the

High Rowing Challenge Regatta

or come along, join the festivities, and watch!

Highlight Race (approx 8.30am)
The best of the Old Boys take on the School VIII
Enjoy the traditional Shed Barbecue … bacon and eggs rolls, juice and barista coffee served throughout the morning.

RSVP and enquiries at

An informal reunion

Class of 1974
(Michael Jarvin, Rod Mitchell, Ron Loewy, Ross Bowey, Michael Della Marta, Stephen Clarke and Rob Gordon)

Some of the Old Boys (Class of ’74) popped along to an informal reunion watching the Rugby Firsts in a wonderfully entertaining game against Grammar. They were also joined later by Paul Almond ’81) and his wife Susan.

Class of 1974
Michael Jarvin, Ron Loewy, Ian Bray and Ross Bowey discuss venues for the post match discussion.

Such a good time was had by all we decided to support the school at the next Head of the River (9 March 2013) to be followed by a lunch at a venue yet to be decided. Supporting the School and catching up with school mates – an excellent way to spend a day. Such a good time was had we are also holding another informal reunion next competition match when High plays Grammar.

Lots more photos of the game are available at

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Do you miss gliding along the Parramatta River as the sun rises? Or would you like to experience the joy of rowing for the first time?

An early start
An early start

The High Rowing Committee is offering a 4 week, 6 session social rowing course commencing on Saturday morning 6 October and culminating with a mini regatta on 27 October.

Experienced coaches and coxswains are provided and all abilities are catered for. There are both novice and experienced crews …. and breakfast is cooked for you after each session with coffee provided.

Your participation will raise funds to purchase a new quad scull for the boys this season.

Further details: High Rowing Challenge

To book a seat: Booking form


Old Boys of GPS Annual Golf Day and Lunch

The Old Boys of Great Public Schools Annual Golf Day and Lunch will be held at the Manly Golf Club on Thursday 16 August 2012. This competition is open to Old Boys of Great Public Schools throughout Australia and overseas.

For further details about the High contingent, contact John Kelly: or 0412 303 124.

Download invitation

Download booking form

Please complete the form and return it to the Manly Golf Club, along with full payment, no later than 5pm on Thursday 9 August 2012.

Post: Manly Golf Club, PO Box 166, Manly, 1655
Fax: 02 9948 3325

High Basketball Appeal

Australian Schools Championship
Australian Men’s Champion at the Australian Schools Championship, December 2010

Our GPS premiership-winning basketball program needs your help!

The SBHS Basketball Committee is currently asking for donations to purchase a Basketball “Gun” in order to raise the standard of training and development of our talented young athletes. More details on the “Gun”, or ball return shooting system, may be found at

Director of Basketball Ben Hayman said “My opinion is that this piece of equipment is invaluable to our boys’ development and would bring our facilities and equipment to the same standard as any GPS Basketball program in Australia.”

The project was started by Old Boy and Basketball Committee Chairperson, Nima Sedaghat (2004). Old Boy, Nikhil Autar (2011) followed in Nima’s footsteps and then a few parents followed suit. However, the Committee is some way off the $10,000 total cost.

“Our basketball program/school is, by far, the best value for money in Australia and I wish for this continue”, said Ben Hayman. “I have never asked for donations before and can’t see myself asking again in the near future. The Basketball school budget and committee funds simply are not enough to cover an expense of this nature.”

The committee urges Old Boys to make donations by using the Australian Sports Foundation’s Equipment and Facility Donation Form on the School’s website:

Please ensure that you enter the amount of your donation at the intersection of the “Equipment (982132)” column and the “Basketball” row.

If you get your donation to the School by 25 June you will be able to take advantage of tax deductibility in this financial year.

Please return the form, with payment, to:

Sydney Boys High School
Cleveland Street,
Moore Park,

And please send Ben Hayman an e-mail when you send in your form so the Committee can track the donations and gauge whether they will reach their goal by the project date of 26 August 2012:

High Rugby in 2012

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Geoff Andrews (1963), the president of the High Rugby Committee, reports on plans for the 2012 season.

The movement of the GPS athletics season to March-May this year has seen the GPS winter sport season put back to May-September.

The 2012 Rugby season has kicked off with trials against St Pius, St Stanislaus at Bathurst and the annual trip to Armidale for all our teams to play TAS on 2 June. Next are trials against Grammar at McKay on 16 June, Cranbrook and Waverley College. The GPS competition runs from Saturday 28 July and finishes with the now traditional last round clash with Grammar on 8 September, this year at Weigall. Details of the fixtures and the rugby program can be found at the School website and match reports on the new High Rugby website.

This season, High, Grammar and TAS are playing as a combined fixture against the other Schools. In the Opens, Grammar will play 1sts, the winner of the High-TAS game will play 2nds and the loser will play 3rds. In the age groups, the winner of the High-Grammar trial will play As, the loser Bs and TAS will play Cs. Under the arrangement, all High’s games in the combined group’s home games will be at McKay, enabling a return to the traditional home game days for all our 15 teams.

This year, after many years of sterling service, Geoff Stein (1973) has retired as Master in Charge of Rugby and George Barris (2001) has taken on the role with great enthusiasm. We have also been fortunate to recruit Simon Kacimaiwai, a very experienced coach, most recently of the Cranbrook 1st XV, at 1st XV coach and Head Coach. Simon is being assisted with the 1st and 2nd XV by Pat McDonnell (2005) and Sam Gribble (2006) and by former Wallaby, David Knox. In the age groups, the School staff, Mark Pavone (Head Teacher Sport), Tony Hannon, Con Barris (1971), George Barris (2001), Geoff Stein (1973), Paul Scrivener, Mick Aldous and Anthony Cipolla, are being assisted by old boys Ben Stamati (2007), Samson Lou (2007), Gareth Deacon (2010), Leo Gordon (2010), Alex Koerber (2010), Bill Wang (2011), Isnad Zaman (2011), Michael Wong (2011), Sangeeth Subramaniam (2011) and Kumi Gunaratne (2011).

2012 is the fourth year of the program started in 2009 by the then Junior Rugby Coordinator, Serdar Bolen (1995), to rebuild High rugby from the 13s up. The first group of those boys are now in the 16s. When they started in the 13s, just six of the sixty boys had ever played any sort of football before and the improvement in their skills, fitness and competitiveness has been dramatic. There are still three teams in the age group and we hope they will all keep playing in Opens over the next two years, despite the pressure to concentrate on study.

1st XV 2011
The 2011 1st XV.

Overall in the last four years, progress in rebuilding Rugby has been tangible albeit slower than hoped. Nevertheless, lots of lessons have been learned and we have a much better idea of how to address the challenges posed by the High’s unique demographic and limited resources. Funding and coaching resources have been boosted and the big challenge now is to break through more of the cultural and organisational barriers stopping the participation and commitment of a greater number of boys. Since 2009, we’ve grown from 11 to 15 teams and our target now is 4 competitive teams in each age group and 20 plus teams overall. With that will come more competitive 1st and 2nd XVs.

How you can help

To facilitate support for the High Rugby program from the broader High community, the High Rugby Association is being formed to bring together old boys and past parents with staff, coaches and current parents. If you wish to help in any way with coaching, managing a team, refereeing, first aid, rugby equipment and consumables, rugby trips, contacts, fundraising, sponsorship, trophies, advice, taking a role in the Association, or anything else please contact me at 0438 421 886 or or MIC George Barris at

Also, the School’s Year 9 intake of 20 extra students provides opportunities for boys with an interest in playing rugby who meet the qualifications for entry, including sons and grandsons of old boys, to come to High. Applications for 2013 close in late July and details of how to apply will be available from mid-June on the School website

SHS OBU golf day

The SHSOBU Golf Day is to be held at Ryde-Parramatta golf Club on Thursday 19th April 2012 Entry form attached.

The GPSOBU Golf Day will be played at Manly Golf Club on 16th August 2012. We are the title holders in both the teams and individual events and it would be good to defend both, to do this we’ll need a good roll-up so please mark your diaries now!

SHS Rowing boat-naming cocktail party

Saturday 4 February2012, at 5 to 9pm

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Since 1924, High has competed in the AAGPS regatta competition and the prestigious Head of the River. More than 9,000 High boys have rowed for the school, participated in the rowing community, and made life long friends and career contacts. High Rowing continually relies on volunteers and donations to make this happen.

At the cocktail party, the Rowing Committee is pleased to be naming 5 boats for significant contributors, including Con Barris, MIC for 25 years (now Deputy Principal).

The objective is not only to honour the five outstanding contributors with boats named after them, but to raise much needed capital for the future rowing program. Every dollar raised at the cocktail party will go to paying for the new boat …. a Sykes VIII.

We are taking delivery of the new VIII on January 30th and we have to thank the senior parents who generously donated the deposit. We now need to raise the funds to complete the payment. We are hoping current parents, Old Boys and supporters will contribute to the appeal.

In 2011, thanks to fund-raising efforts, we purchased second-hand quad sculls and an VIII, also to be named at the cocktail party.

We hope many of you can attend to acknowledge the boat-naming recipients and support High Rowing. Tickets are $50pp, which includes all beverages and canapes.

For full details: Rowing Invitation 2012

Back to the Sheds 2011

Saturday 22 October 2011

at the Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford


We welcome
1971,1981,1991 and 2001 rowers
as guest entrants in this year’s …

High Rowing Challenge Regatta

or come along, join the festivities, and watch!

Highlight Race (approx 9am)
The best of the Old Boys take on the School VIII


Enjoy the traditional Shed Barbecue … bacon and eggs rolls, juice and barista

coffee served throughout the morning.

RSVP and more information at

SHS Golf Invitational to support SHS Tennis

The 2011 Sydney Boys High School Golf Invitational will be held at The Lakes Golf Club, Mascot, on Thursday 15 September 2011.

The Golf Invitational will provide an opportunity to play with your colleagues at the venue of the 2011 Australian Open Golf tournament and test your skills on one of the pristine courses in Australia.

Proceeds from the day will be given to the Sydney Boys High School Sports Foundation to support the Tennis Committee’s vision to regain High’s status as GPS Champions in Tennis.

Sponsors are being sought to support the event and make the day a success. For further details, please download the attached sponsors’ package.

For further details and to register for the day, please download the attached invitation