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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.

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Notice of general meeting – 23 February 2010

To consider a new constitution for the OBU

A general meeting of the OBU will be held on Tuesday 23 February 2010 at 6.00pm in the Board Room at the Sydney Boys’ High School, Moore Park, Surry Hills.

The meeting will consider the following special resolution:

that the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union Incorporated adopt the constitution approved by the Executive Council at its meeting of 24 November 2009.

A special resolution, in accordance with rule 37.1 of the current constitution, must be passed by a “majority which comprises not less than three-quarters of such members of the Union as, being present and entitled under these rules so to do, vote in person or by proxy”.

The major changes introduced by the new constitution will be:

* a simplified statement of objects;
* a reduction in the maximum size of the Executive Council from 23 (1 president, 7 vice presidents and 15 ordinary members) to 14 (1 president, 3 vice presidents and 10 ordinary members;
* the creation of a new executive position of “membership registrar”;
* plain-English expression; and
* a simplification and modernisation of the OBU’s procedures, including a recognition of communication by electronic means.

The current OBU constitution was adopted in September 1993.

Copies of the text of the proposed constitution may be viewed here: Proposed constitution

Proxy forms may also be obtained here: Proxy

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OBU Prizes – An appeal to Old Boys

Do you remember the pride you felt at Speech Day when you collected a school prize? Many of these are funded by the OBU, including the John Waterhouse Prize, the Old Boys’ Prize, the John Skyring Cross Cup, the J W Gibbes Prize and the Arch Ferguson Prizes to name only a few. (The full list may be viewed at )

These prizes honour past members of the School community and reward today’s achievers.

However, the recent world financial crisis has severely limited the income the OBU currently receives from investments, resulting in a substantial budget short-fall. While we wait for our investments to recover, and work at increasing our income streams, we need to make some drastic choices about what operations we will continue to support.

The President is now calling on all Old Boys who have received these prizes in the past to join with him in making a small donation to ensure that we will continue to support the outstanding boys who will receive these prizes in the years to come.



Made out to “Sydney High School Old Boys Union” and posted to:

PO Box 1546


Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Branch: Liverpool and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney NSW
BSB: 062-016
Acct No: 28004032
Acct Name: Sydney High School Old Boys Union
Reference: OBUPrizes + Your leaving year, surname and first initial, eg: Joe Bloggs (1988) would use the reference.. OBUPrizes1988BloggsJ


Fill out the following details:

Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union
OBU Prize appeal


Number: __ __ __ __ | __ __ __ __ | __ __ __ __ | __ __ __ __

Expiry: __ __ | __ __

Name on card: _______________________________

Amount: $ ______________________

Signature: ________________________

And post to:

PO Box 1546

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Remembering Jeanette Reay-Young

Jeanette Reay-Young and some of the 15A XI, 1986
Jeanette Reay-Young, inspirational classics teacher, cricket coach, stage director and mentor to many hundreds of Sydney High School boys died on 26 February 1987, much regretted by all who knew her.

Now, more than 20 years later, her daughter, Rebecca, is living with her family in Ireland and her young daughters are coming to an age when they will start asking questions about their grandma Jeanette.

Rebecca, an Old Girl of Sydney Girls’ High School, would, therefore, welcome any memories of her mother from some of “her boys” that she can pass on to her own children as they grow up.

Please make use of the “leave a comment” section, below.

All comments are subject to moderation and may be posted on this site and in editions of The High Bulletin.

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Phillip J Day Scholarship dinner

Phillip John Day
Phillip John Day

Phillip John Day (1965) a much esteemed Old Boy, Head Teacher of Social Sciences (1984-2006) and mentor to a generation of High boys died on 19 February 2007 after a long battle with cancer.

The Phillip J Day Scholarship has been established to perpetuate his memory. Details about the scholarship, including the form for donations, may be found on the School’s website.

A Scholarship Dinner will be held at the School on 8 September 2009 at 7pm. On this occasion, the scholarship will be presented to its first recipient, Alex Belokopytov.

The occasion will also be marked by a lecture by Joseph McIvor (2001) – “Capitalism and the free market are dead”. (This will be a corporate, tax deductible learning opportunity.)

Further details and booking form.


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Annual General Meeting 2009

The Annual General Meeting of the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union Inc was held on Tuesday 28 April 2009 at 6:30 pm.

Accounts for 2008

President’s Report 2008

Election results:

President: Joseph Waugh (1987)

Vice Presidents: Viv Littlewood (1952); Geoffrey Andrews (1964); Dennis Briggs (1967); Ross Bowey (1974); Colin Sherwood (1974); Graeme Anderson (1979); William Clegg (2005)

Ordinary members: Garry McIvor (1964); Steven Daras (1974); Robert Gordon (1974); Douglas Richards (1974); Serdar Bolen (1995); Michael Kovac (1996); Kendall Robinson (1997); James Solomons (1998); Joseph McIvor (2001); Drew Hoare (2004); Tom Hoare (2004); Mitchell Bowey (2005); Jeremy James (2005); Thomas Kaldor (2005); Karl Kruszelnicki (2005)