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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)

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Con Barris to retire as rowing master

Rowing badge

After 25 years in the job
High Rowing Master in Charge
Con Barris
is hanging up his megaphone.

extends an invitation to everyone involved in High Rowing from seasons 1984/85 to 2008/09
to celebrate this milestone by joining Con for drinks and canapés
on the evening of the Head of the River
Saturday 28 March 2009
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Function Room at the Outterside Centre, Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford
Cost: $25 per person (includes all beverages and canapés)

To make this a memorable night for Con please come and relive
memories with past crew mates, coaches and parents.

RSVP with payment (at $25 pp) by Friday 20 March 2009

Please email names and years at SHS Rowing to Geoff Andrews at

Electronic payment: Account Name: Sydney Boys High School Rowing Club BSB: 012-243 Account No: 225129729
Cheque payment: Sydney Boys High School Rowing Club
Enquiries: Please contact Julie Blomberg on

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SBHS: The Foundation Years, 1883-1891

SBHS The Foundation Years

Sydney Boys’ High School has had three homes in its 125-year history.

This new publication celebrates the 125th anniversary of Sydney Boys’ High School by revisiting the years spent in the School’s original home in Castlereagh Street – the site of the foundation of State secondary education in New South Wales.

This 58-page work relies on first-hand accounts and original documents and images to provide a fascinating account of the School’s earliest pupils and masters and their activities at School and beyond.

Only AUS $30 (includes postage and handling within Australia) – Order form

Payment by: Cheque or Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex)

Other OBU merchandise

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union Inc was held on Tuesday 27 May 2008 at 6:30 pm.

Accounts for 2007

President’s Report 2008

Election results:

President: Joseph Waugh (1987)

Vice Presidents: Dennis Briggs (1967); Mark Livingston (1969); John Pointing (1962), Viv Littlewood (1952); William Clegg (2005); Nathan Scudder (1993); Kenneth Clemens (1955)

Ordinary members: Colin Sherwood (1974); Graeme Anderson (1979); Tony Lewis (1969); Karl Kruszelnicki (2005); Sam Kremer (1992); James Solomons (1998); Barry Jakeman (1969); Aaron Govendir (1960)

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Advertise on the SHSOBU Website

Want to expose your business to Old Boys and other people who visit the SHSOBU website?

Have you considered purchasing a sponsored link on the SHSOBU website?

Sponsored links may help to improve your search engine rankings and attract clickthroughs from readers of the SHSOBU website.

All revenue helps support the SHSOBU’s continued operations. Contact the OBU Webmaster for details