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High Rowing challenge

Rowing badge
All old boys, supporters and friends are invited to join in the High Rowing Challenge at the School Rowing Shed, Abbotsford.

An early start
An early start

It is 6 sessions of rowing for the adults!

All abilities are catered for … some will learn to row, and some like to get back in a boat and enjoy the morning rows.

We supply the coaches and the coxswains … and breakfast is cooked for you each week as you come off the water.

It is a lot of fun … especially if you get some friends/partners/work-mates along to join you in a boat … and it’s good for you, as rowing is rated as one of the best aerobic kilojoule burning exercises you can do.

outterside centre at abottsford aerial view
Outterside Centre – Aerial View

It is also a big fundraiser … we need Old Boys’ support to enable us to buy a much needed new VIII.

Please support High Rowing and join in the High Rowing Challenge this year! Starts soon …. Saturday 10 September, and runs for 6 early Saturday mornings (missing the long weekend).

Have a look at the attached flyer and booking form … and don’t just think about it … be challenged!

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Phillip J Day Scholarship dinner

Phillip John Day
Phillip John Day

The school community is invited to attend the Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner – 7.00 pm, Tuesday 31 May 2011 in the Great Hall.

This year’s dinner will be hosted by Daniel McPherson (1997), host of Dancing with the Stars, and a star of City Homicide and The Bill with guest speaker Tom Cusbert (2002), University Medallist (2008). Cost is $60.00 per person and is tax deductible as a professional learning opportunity.

Please RSVP by 26 May 2011 on the attached invitation.

All enquiries should be directed to Con Barris (1971):

The Dinner is the major fund-raising event for the Phillip J Day Memorial Scholarship – established in 2007 in memory of Phillip Day (1965) – to provide an outstanding Sydney Boys High School student with financial assistance to maximise his opportunities whilst a student at the school. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student from any year within the school with selection criteria including outstanding talent in a particular area of academic or co-curricular endeavour, particularly good all round achiever or a student with special needs, financial or otherwise.

Phillip John Day (1965) was a much esteemed Old Boy, Head Teacher of Social Sciences (1984-2006) and mentor to a generation of High boys.

Further details about the scholarship, including a form for donations, may be found on the School’s website.

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Another international sportsman

Feng Yeng (2000) is yet another of our recent Old Boys to be representing Australia in the international sporting arena.

He was first introduced to the Olympic sport of fencing at High in 1995.

Currently he is ranked third in Australia for men’s senior foil and recently won gold for Australia in the men’s team foil at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Melbourne.

Feng Yeng at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships, Melbourne
The gold medal-winning Australian men’s senior foil team at the Commonwealth Fencing
Championships. Feng Yeng is on the far right of the photo.

Feng has also represented Australia at the fencing world championships in Paris.

2011 is going to be an exciting for Feng as he has taken a one year career break from his work at a Division of General Practice (Primary Health Care) to focus his attention on fencing and reaching his full potential.

The Olympic qualification period for LONDON 2012 begins in March and he is already about to relocate to Shanghai to train with a provincial team. This will place him closer to three World Cup competitions to be held in Tokyo, Seoul and St Petersburg. Feng is under no illusion that the training, at the Shanghai Finance University, will be easy – it is full-time at 6 days a week, up to 7 hours per day.

The main difficulty Feng faces at the moment is lack of financial support. Fencing does not have a high profile in Australia and is not part of the AIS program.

Fencing can be extremely taxing due to the requirement for specific standards of equipment, travel expenses, competition entry fees, and training fees. Feng has been a self-funded athlete all this time and like all self-funded athletes just tries to do the best he can with the resources available.

Any Old Boys who would like to offer Feng support as he pursues the Olympic dream should get in tough via

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New Sydney High hoodie

Sydney High Hoodie

A new design Sydney High hoodie will be available for purchase for Yr 12 leavers and Old Boys from April 2010.

Sizes S, M, L, XL are available and will cost $66 plus postage.

Old Boys can order through email or by calling the High Store on (02) 9331 7075.

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John Fraser fundraising challenge

John Fraser
John Fraser (1933) at a recent school event

A ninety five year old Old Boy has thrown down a challenge to the SBHS community by offering to donate $10,000 to the School’s capital works program if ten old boys match his gift.

John Fraser OAM (1933) has kicked off the SBHS 10-4-10 Challenge with a spirited reminder of the dedication and generosity of the first generation of High Boys.

He’ll donate $10,000 immediately and another $10,000 if “younger” Old Boys meet the challenge target.

“I just feel so strongly about the potential of the School and its special heritage that I had to do what I could to make a difference for the future generations of students”, Mr Fraser said.

John was a dedicated rifle shooter in his days at school and was a fellow rifle team member with Roden Cutler. He continues to support rifle shooting and is often seen at rifle shooting and other school functions.

“My message to every Old Boy is, let’s make this a target to reach as soon as possible. If you know someone who can take the pledge for $10,000, I’m ready to match them and nine others. The 10-4-10 Challenge is on”, Mr Fraser added.
The School’s building fund, which currently stands at over $800,000, will fund a multi-purpose centre to meet the needs created by the redevelopment of the School’s library.

To meet John’s challenge, and make a tax deductible donation to the SBHS Building Fund, download the donor form and post it in or call the Principal, Dr Kim Jaggar on (02) 9361 6910 ext 114.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010

Congratulations to the Old Boys who received awards in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list:

David Desmond Knoll (1977) Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the Jewish community through a range of peak, religious and educational organisations, and to the promotion of interfaith relations.

Richard Wittingham White (SHS: 1946-1950) Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community, particularly through the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

Information on other Old Boys who have achieved recognition in various fields of endeavour may be found on the “High Achievers” section of the OBU website.

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Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union Inc will be held at the Sydney Boys’ High School, Moore Park, Surry Hills (enter by the front door of the Main Building on Cutler Drive) on Tuesday 22 June 2010 at 6:00 pm. Parking is available on-site. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the constitution approved at the general meeting held on 23 February 2010 and which entered into force on 22 March 2010.

Nominations for the positions of President (1 position), Vice President (up to 3 positions) and ordinary members of the council (up to 10 positions) must be made in writing, signed by two members of the OBU and include the written consent of the candidate. They must be delivered by 15 June 2010 to the Secretary at PO Box 1546, Darlinghurst NSW 1300.

Click here for nomination form.

The accounts for 2009, which will be put forward for approval at the meeting, are available here: Accounts 2009.

Members may appoint other members as proxies by notice given to the Secretary at PO Box 1546 Darlinghurst NSW 1300 by 21 June 2010.

Click here for proxy form.

Before attending, nominating or appointing a proxy, please take steps to confirm your membership by contacting the Secretary by e-mail: or by telephone: (02) 9907 2856.


1. Minutes of the previous AGM (28 April 2009).
2. Minutes of the general meeting held on 23 February 2010.
3. President’s report.
4. Treasurer’s report.
Motion: That the accounts for 2009 be adopted.
5. Election of office bearers and members of the Executive Council.
(a) President.
(b) Vice Presidents.
(c) ordinary members of the Council.
6. Any other business.

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Australia Day honours 2010

Congratulations to the Old Boys who received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the recent Australia Day honours list:

Ian John HEADS (1960) For service to the media as a sports journalist, author and mentor.

Keith Edward JAMESON (1961) For service to the sport of rowing in New South Wales.

Denis Warwick KING (1959) For service to medicine, particularly in the field of colorectal surgery, to medical education and to professional organisations.

Information on other Old Boys who have achieved recognition in various fields of endeavour may be found on the “High Achievers” section of the OBU website.