Welcome Year 7
Welcome Year 7
Welcome Year 7 students and parents to Sydney Technical High School. The first week has been action-packed with many more thrilling activities in the coming weeks. Each boy is starting to find their feet in classes and has seen Tech Pride in action at the school swimming carnival, so we are well on our way to feeling settled here. The transition into high school can be a daunting experience but always reach out to your friends, classmates, Year 9 Peer Support Leaders, teachers and Year Adviser with any questions or concerns you may have. Remember you're a Techie now and there is a network of support available to you whenever you need it.
For the students and parents I have not personally met yet, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anna Steel and I am an English Teacher here at Tech. I have been teaching here since October 2016 after almost seven years teaching in the Snowy Mountains, NSW. I am delighted to be Year 7’s Year Adviser in their high school journey and can't wait to see each boy achieve their best over the next six years.
- Year 7 Swimming Pre-Test will be held on Friday 16 February
- Year 7 Camp will be held from Monday 19 February to Wednesday 21 February
Please ensure the medical and consent form is completed as soon as possible and you return permission notes to Miss Steel
- Year 7 Parent Partnership Program will be held from 9am‑10am on Tuesday 27 February in the Common Room
Please drop-off and pick-up students along Anderson Street or Ethel Street entrances. Do not enter or use any of the carparks or driveways to drop-off or pick-up students.
Year 7 Adviser
NASA Robotics Competition
While most people were fast asleep across Sydney, Pranav Alavandi, Deen Essop, Rohit Ghosh, Henok Hailu, Minh Ho, Farhan Khan, Finley Phan, Evan Lee, Ervin Liang and Andrew Timkov were wide awake competing in a robotics tournament run by NASA.
A team of coders from Sydney Technical High School (Bexley) impressed during the competition after meeting at the University of Sydney during the early hours of Friday morning.
Code written by the students was used to move robots inside the International Space Station (ISS).
The Sydney Technical High School team had to race against other teams, from around the globe, while completing set tasks with their basketball-sized robot.
The finals event was reserved for the best 42 schools on the planet, following months of preliminary rounds in the 2017/18 Zero Robotics High School Tournament.
Sydney Technical High worked alongside two other schools from the USA and Italy as part of an alliance. Their alliance made the semifinal of the competition but were beaten one step short of the final.
Sydney Technical High School student Rohit Ghosh, 15, took part and said it was a brilliant experience, despite having to stay awake through the night.
“The best part would probably have been seeing our code finally being tested in real life and seeing our code being used in the International Space Station – it was quite a weird feeling, it was great actually.”
He said they worked a lot with their Italian and American team mates in the lead-up to the finals. “We tried our best to help out the Italians and Americans.”
Other schools from NSW which made the finals this year included Gosford High School, James Ruse Agricultural High School, Mosman High School and Sydney Boys High School.
The competition was organised by NASA and top, tech-university Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
This year 57 students and four staff will be going to NASA over the school holidays between Term 1 and Term 2.
STHS Alumni Day
25 August 2017
Good morning staff and students,
It is a great pleasure to be with you today and I am flattered to have been asked to address you on behalf of my year – the Class of 1996.
Visiting this beautiful school has taken me back to when I first roamed its halls and grounds like the nerd that I still am today. Indeed, I remember sitting my HSC exams in this very auditorium back in 1996, well before any of you were born or there was such a thing as a fidget spinner.
By way of background, I am a Partner and full-time lawyer who heads a small Family Law team at a firm in the city called Taylor & Scott. As an accredited specialist in Family Law, I have also been blessed to be a lecturer for many years at the College of Law as well as on a Law Society of NSW committee that tests other lawyers in the state who want to become accredited specialists. Why am I telling you this? Well, I would like you to know where those achievements actually originated.
I owe this school much by way of gratitude for setting me up for university and later a great, although exhausting career that I just described.
I am not alone, because in my year – the Class of 1996 – dozens of us went into law. Others among us were smart enough to avoid law and its regular 12 – 14 hr work days (I tell you what, that was not in the brochure by the way – it was meant to be all BMWs, yachts and good looking girls from Bethany College), but instead many of my fellow classmates went into such fields as engineering, marketing, accounting, real estate, architecture, published writing, pharmacy, banking and, of course, the one vocation all our parents wanted us to get into…any guesses? Yes, medicine! I think I was “Dr Youssef” in my mother’s eyes while I was still in the womb.
Now, you might think High School is just a big fat pain in the…neck…but the truth is, sometimes you do not really know what you have got until you no longer have it. You might ask, “Mr Youssef (or preferably just Mark), how did Sydney Tech possibly help you in life?” Well, I will tell you my young friends in four simple words by way of example…Three Unit Legal Studies.
Unless I’m mistaken, there is no such subject offered anymore, but back in my day, three unit legal studies was taken on a Friday afternoon, AFTER school. Yes, all four of us students in the class were either crazy or dedicated – or maybe a combination of both, the jury is still out on that one. But it was because we had a teacher, a department and a principal all of whom were focused on helping us realise our potential, the subject was offered, and it fulfilled a personal desire of mine to study law.
In amongst those here today, as well as those who preceded and succeeded us who unfortunately could not join us, every one of them has achieved something if not much in their chosen field. Sincerely, it is hoped your future stories will trump ours a hundred fold.
You are now becoming, or already are, young men. I do not look at you as being kids.
Be proud of your school, be proud of your principal and teachers, be proud of the history you are making, and most of all be proud of yourselves and your efforts. It takes quite a bit to get into this school in the first place as you know, but of course, that is not carte blanch for you to become elitist; rather, simply to appreciate that not all students out there are lucky enough to be in your position. Do not take it for granted.
What I would like you to do, is take time out regularly to look away from your phones, tablets and computers, and remember to make each day count. Your mission each day as a student at this distinguished school should be two-fold:
- Study and achieve. A natural combination where one follows the other.
- As I tell my Master’s students at the College of Law: “BE HUMAN”.
Now, you already know plenty in regards to studying and achieving, so let me explain what I mean by “BE HUMAN”.
Everyone out there is a fighting a personal battle. Sometimes those battles are visible in the form of a disability or outward difficulty. At other times, battles are fought against sadness, loneliness or other emotions. Sometimes things happen in a student’s life beyond their control, such as a breakup in their family or a loved one passing away. Be patient with others, your parents, your siblings and friends, and be the good in this world. Look out for one another.
No one ever worth mentioning in the history of mankind got ahead in life and was fondly remembered by those who came after them by tearing down others. No one ever got ahead by swearing or being violent. Through the course of time we remember the innovators, the intellectuals, the achievers, the dreamers…those who were kind towards and mindful of others. Those who put in 100% all of the time with a pleasant disposition. Those who remember that “manners makyth man”.
You have the potential to make a difference to so many people’s lives. I mean that sincerely. You might not see it just yet, but trust me. You have the potential to make your community, your society and, yes, possibly the whole world a better place.
A show of hands, please: who here knows what they would like to do after they finish High School? [hands are raised] Who here is unsure what they would like to do? [same]
I think it is vital to have a plan and path in life even while at school. Without either a plan or a path, it is hard to arrive at a destination you are going to like.
I advise you to hear what others have to say, let it swirl around in your heads for a while and then make a decision. Avoid being a fence sitter in life. Stay true to your beliefs and your convictions. Do not be swayed or bullied into a position just because it is popular in the here and now. Have courage and be respectful. Be leaders amongst many followers.
Sir Winston Churchill, the great WWII British Prime Minister, once said:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”
Much further back in history, in the fourth century, there was a pope whose name was St Athanasius the Apostolic who, when faced with tremendous opposition at an ecumenical council fighting against the introduction of a major heresy in the faith, was told:
“Athanasius, the whole world is against you!”
“And I am against the world”
So, be of strong character, and also remember this great school is not just bricks and mortar, or a cool new sign out on Forest Road. Its foundations are embedded in hope, hard work and a reputation for making the boys of today into the men of tomorrow.
On behalf of the Class of 1996, always remember to be human and keep making us proud.
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