Congratulations to Tandee Wang, our Vice Captain, who was the runner up in the National Plain English Speaking Awards on 15 August in front of a national audience, and our top Year 9 English students. The competition took place at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is supported by the Australian-Britain Society Foundation, BBM Youth Support, The English Speaking Union and the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit.

Tandee faced some very tough competition from the other State finalists, five girls and one boy. Tandee was an outstanding representative of the NSW public education system, and Tech, and only one other public school student reached the final.

Competitors had to give a prepared speech of eight minutes on a subject of choice. Then there was a short interview conducted by The Chasers’ Craig Reucassel.  Then followed an impromptu speech of three minutes on the subject ‘The Great Leap Forward’, a topic chosen by the organisers.  Each student spoke on this topic following four minutes’ preparation time.

Tandee spoke with passion and insight about the issues emerging around the concept of political correctness and his interpretations of World Patriarchy Day. His speech was innovative, topical and thought provoking.  The full text of his speech will be in our September edition of Tech Talk.

In his humorous and extremely well structured impromptu speech Tandee spoke about the government’s failure to have adequate technology provision for our recent census day.

The judges clearly had a very difficult decision to make at the conclusion of the competition and spent over 30 minutes reaching agreement.

The school is very proud of Tandee’s public speaking skills and hopes that he is an inspiration to others to follow in his footsteps. (Over to you Year 9!)  Indeed Tandee’s outstanding communication abilities suggest he is sure to be one of our future leaders.


"Every individual has the right to realise himself: that is to fully develop the power and capacities, physical, mental, moral and spiritual; with which nature endowed him."

 − JA Williams (the first Principal of Tech writing in 1912)