In the true tradition of Sydney Technical High School, Tech pride stood mighty tall once again on the basketball courts in 2016. We were humble in our victories and gracious in our defeat as we battled through the CHS first grade basketball knockout competition.

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I applied for the Engineering and Technology Cadetship Program run by Professional Cadetships Australia (PCA), as advised by Mr Zigas. I opted for the Technology Cadetship run by Westpac Banking Corporation.  I had to fill out an application of seven questions and submit it to PCA.  After two weeks, I was contacted by PCA and was told that I was successful in gaining an interview with them regarding the cadetship.

This was enormous success as I was briefed that, out of over 2000 applicants I had made it to the top 21. As this interview I was asked a few questions about my high school proceedings and also my relevance to the technology program.  Following this, after a couple of weeks, I received another email telling me that I was shortlisted by Westpac (the top 21!).  I was required to participate in three tasks at the campus, being an individual task, a group task and an individual interview.  Here I was required to collaborate with the other cadets who had made it here as well.  At the end of such a long and tiresome process I am glad to say that I have been offered the cadetship at Westpac. 

I can’t wait to start my new life with them. Of course, this could not have been possible without the support and assistance of Mr Zigas and Ms Lyons, to whom I am eternally grateful.

Westpac Cadetship through Professional Cadetships Australia (PCA)

The school celebrated RUOK? day on Friday 26 August with a student led assembly. This day is a very important wellbeing initiative on the schools’ calendar about the importance of that simple question: RUOK?????

Read the heartfelt speeches from assembly by Tyler Hagiwara of Year 9 and Jack McDougall of Year 10.

Our student led assembly was followed by a popular BBQ lunch very kindly supported by our parent community. Deputy Mr Kirk Grinham stepped in to cook with our Interact students, who overcame a few issues relating to missing BBQ tongs!

Check out their website for further information about this important lifesaving program at https://www.ruok.org.au/

Tyler Hagiwara of Year 9

Jack McDougall of Year 10

Today STHS celebrated Wear It Purple Day in conjunction with the Youth Wellbeing Summit. The boys created a fantastic mural in the quad! Many thanks to the following groups who supported our school today: Headspace, St George Youth Service GLISTEN, and the St George Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

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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.

 

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"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)