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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

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SHOBs is back

The Sydney High Old Boys’ Rugby Club was revived on Wednesday night, 6 April 2011, when 16 Old Boys met for the first time as a team to face last year’s premiers, Eastern Suburbs, in the Under 85 kg Competition in the NSW Suburban Rugby Union. The Old Boys were joined by the School’s current sports master, Mark Pavone, who, before coming to Sydney, played with the North Brisbane Rugby Club in Queensland.

The first round disappointment led to a spectacular turn-around on 13 April, when the High Old Boys trounced UNSW 82-0, with tries to Andrew Johnston (3), Robert Chen (1), Nelson Ridges (1), Marcus Halliday (2), Matt Ling (1), George Barris (1), James Ip (1), Charles Kingston (3), and Michael Ambrose (1) and six conversions to George Barris.

The under 85 kg Competition is held on Wednesday nights throughout the season. There are plenty more opportunities to display the old High spirit in the forthcoming matches against Chatswood, Dee Why, Eastern Suburbs, Forest, Hunters Hill and Lindfield.

For further details on the draw for the remainder of 2011, go to the MyRugby website.

To register your interest in pulling on the old brown and blue:

SHOBs front row

Front-rowers James Ip (2008), Bill Wang (2010) and Shahar Merom (2009).

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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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GPS Old Boy Bowls

High has an enviable record in the annual competition for the Harold Lewarne Trophy that has now been going for some 55 years.

In 2010, High was runner-up to Joeys – and is hoping for an even better result in 2011.

Games are held each month from May to November at Warringah Bowling Club at Mosman.

The dates for 2011 are: 1 May, 5 June, 10 July, 14 August, 11 September, 9 October and 13 November.

A panel of new/additional players is needed. Qualification to represent SHS in this competition is for players to be Old Boys, past/current teachers or staff of the School, or the father of a past or present student at the School.

To be considered for selection contact should be made with:

Phil Lewis
Phone/Fax: 9416 9627 .au

Ern Berge Phillips
Phone: 6558 0914 Fax: 6558 0916

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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 pontoon christening

Rowing badge

A gala christening ceremony for the School’s new pontoon will be the centrepiece of a special rowing reunion cocktail party at the Outterside Centre rowing sheds on Saturday 29 January 2011 from 5pm to 8pm. Please contact your old crewmates and come along to catch up with old friends and support the new generation of High rowers.

For further information on the event please contact Katharine Deacon, at or 0435 207 094 or download the booking form.

The new state-of-the-art, steel pontoon and upgraded ramp will replace the 26-year-old pontoon which reached the end of its life and sank last rowing season. With the replacement pontoon, High will be able to use the rowing sheds at full capacity again as well as generate more income to support the School’s rowing program from learn-to-row and other fund-raising activities. The Sydney High School Foundation is funding the very large cost of this essential project with substantial contributions from the High Club ($50,000) and donations by current rowing parents ($50,000).

New pontoon being delivered
The new pontoon being delivered

The OBU is looking for donations from Old Boys to boost the funding significantly and free up Foundation funds for other much needed projects for the School. All donors will be recognised on an honour board in the boatshed and donors of at least $250 will each be recognised with a metal plaque attached to a plank in the deck of the new ramp.

All donations made via the Sydney Boys High School Australian Sports Foundation Donation Scheme will be fully tax-deductible. Under the School’s Scheme, all funds donated through the Australian Sports Foundation for “Rowing – Facility Development” will be returned to the School and applied to the cost of the pontoon.

To make a donation please download the donor form, fill it out (remembering to enter the amount of your donation in the “Rowing” box in the “Facility Development” column), print and return it to the School at the address on the form.

Pontoon 1959
An earlier pontoon, c 1959

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Basketball – Australian Schools Champions

The School’s basketball team became the Australian Men’s Champion school at the Australian Schools Championship in Bendigo after defeating Newington College 81 – 79, on 14 December 2010. Both schools entered the grand final match undefeated. The scorers for the High team were Emmett Narr 23points, Daniel Jones 19 pts and Andrija Dumovic 16 points.

The photos from the Australian Schools Championship are courtesy of Ish Rajendram: