At the recent presentation night the SHSOBU awarded a number of prizes to Year 12 students
Dr Charles Winston Prize for Geography
Given by the Old Boys’ Union to honour a distinguished Old Boy surgeon; member of the Old Boys’ Union Council for 32 years; and a Vice-President of the Old Boys’ Union for 18 years. It is awarded to the first in Geography in Year 12.
Arch Ferguson Prizes (years 8-12)
Founded in 1965 by a fund subscribed by members of the OBU, the High Club and the School as a tribute to Old Boy, Arch Ferguson, in recognition of his service to the School. The prizes are awarded to the sons, grandsons and brothers of old boys in Years 8-12 who are most distinguished in academic study and service to the School.
Old Boys’ Prize
The Hon J Inglis, Minister for Public Instruction, visited the School in 1887, and, whilst addressing the boys, offered to present a book, on the vote of the entire School then assembled before him, to “the boy who was not necessarily first in sport, not necessarily first in scholarship, but certainly first in the hearts of his fellows”.
Later in 1902, when the Old Boys’ Union wished to found a prize, the conditions of the award were made similar to those required by the Minister. It has been awarded annually since 1902.
John Waterhouse Prize
The prize is awarded in honour of Mr John Waterhouse, MA, Headmaster of Sydney High School 1896-1915 and was paid from a trust fund originally subscribed by 103 Old Boys.The Old Boys’ Union has awarded the prize annually since 1916 to the Prefect who is judged to have the most “character”.
JW Gibbes Junior Prize and Senior Prize
Given by a group of Old Boys, known as the “Mary Ann” group, led by Arch Harvey (1919) to honour J W Gibbes, a former Classics and Sports Master at the School.
The Senior Prize is awarded to a Year 12 student for proficiency in Latin, qualities of leadership and devotion to duty in relation to GPS sport.
James Brunton Gibb Prize
Honours Old Boy James Brunton Gibb, a noted public speaker, and toastmaster at the Old Boys’ Union and Lodge Sydney High School dinners for many years. It is awarded to a Year 12 student who excels in the art of public speaking.
John Skyring Cross Memorial Prize
To perpetuate the memory of her son John Skyring Cross an old boy who gave his life in World War I, Mrs Cross founded the prize to be awarded to the boy who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the year, particularly in GPS sports.