On Friday June 3rd the school hosted a party for alumni to celebrate 60 years at our Bexley site.

We welcomed back about eighty students and their partners from different decades, and our two guest speakers were Robert Horton, class of 1975, and Ananthan Ambikairajah class of 2011.   

When Sydney Technical High School was first established in 1911, the school shared premises with TAFE at the Ultimo site. Despite many requests from Tech Principals to the government, asking that the school be given a purpose built site in the city, the school was temporarily moved to premises at Albion Street Paddington. This site now belongs to the University of NSW. It was not until November 1955 that the then Minister for Education R. J. Heffron laid the foundation stone for the new school site at Bexley. The purpose built buildings were completed in 1956. Of note was the 1000 seater auditorium with the sloping floor. http://www.sths.nsw.edu.au/about-sths/school-history

Robert Horton our first guest speaker is a senior partner in Hicksons lawyers, and specialises in insurance law. He has expertise in discrimination law with particular reference to educational issues. He spoke about the threats of digital disruption to the legal profession, and how big data will impact on how case law is regarded. Robert assured us however that intellectual judgement and the ability to interpret the law will still be required in the coming decades , and that students should not be dissuaded from law study if that is where their interests lie.

Our second speaker Ananthan has a degree in Neuroscience from the University of New South Wales, and is currently completing a Masters of Education, teaching Biology and Chemistry. Ananthan was always interested in standup comedy, and was always in the SRC Talent Quest. He has the gift of making others laugh. Ananthan spoke about his school days with the indomitable Mr Dando, past Deputy Principal of the school, who retired in 2011, and his legendary Personal Development lessons. His story can be listened to at https://youtu.be/RvdXzCS7fpE

 

The Duke of Edinburgh team went on an expedition to the Grose Valley, in the Blue Mountains National Park, from the 9 - 11 June.

The group featured 26 participants in total, nine of whom were on their silver award (all on their practice expeditions) and 17 participants on their bronze award (10 on their practice and seven on their qualifying expeditions).

The group navigated from Blackheath, down the steep descent from Perrys’ lookdown into the world heritage listed Blue Gum Forest, camping at Acacia Flat on the first night. On the second day, the group split into its bronze and silver components, with the bronze group ascending the spectacular Govetts’ Leap back to Blackheath, and the silver group following the Grose River to camp at Burra Korain on the second night. They then ascended Mount Victoria, via Victoria Falls, finishing at the township of Mount Victoria on the third day.

The expedition was both a challenge and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, with fitness levels tested and a real sense of achievement at the finish of the walk.

WATCH OUT ROAD USERS, Year 11 Driver Education Program is on today , Some of the topics covered included things like, stopping distances and speeding, hazard perception, an in depth look into real life motor accidents, police presentations, survival stories, driving instructor talks, the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving, as well as an informative presentation on how to buy a car, car safety, finance and insurance.

SYDNEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

PERFORMING ENSEMBLES

Invite you to…

Musicale 2016

Tuesday 28th June – 6.30pm

Featuring…

Sydney Technical High School

Concert & Stage Bands

Intermediate Concert Band

Strings, Choral, Small Ensembles & Soloists

Cost: $4 Concession; $8 Adults; $20 Family

Supper will be provided for a small cost and satisfaction is free.

AUDITORIUM

Forest Road, Bexley. Parking on front oval via Forest Road

Principal: J. Lyons Phone: 9587 5899

STHS Music Students, Teachers and Parents thank you for your support.

Over the last two weeks the school has been very pleased to see so many parents attend our parent partnership meetings. Debbie Demetriadis, Head Teacher English, presented the Year 9 English program and spoke about the BOSTES requirements for teaching the course. Parents were interested to know how to best encourage wide reading and creative writing.

Kirk Grinham spoke on the topic ‘Adolescents and Computer Games’ to a large group of Year 8 parents, and as a consequence was invited to appear on Radio National this Tuesday 31 May 31 at 9.30 am. He will be talking with Ellen Fanning on the ‘Life Matters’ program on the issue. Do listen in! We will be able to put up the podcast later on Tuesday afternoon.

Our librarian, Ellen Campbell, gave Year 7 parents a tour of the library, which has been extensively refurbished, thanks to your generous support. The library is an extremely popular environment for our students to study, play chess and read the latest novels and journals, as well as access library catalogues and information across the world. Ellen presented Year 7 parents with the latest popular titles for Year 7 readers that are available to borrow. She informed the parents that the most popular series that Year 7 enjoyed reading are: Magnus Chase Series and Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, and the Brother Band Series by John Flanagan.

Many Year 10 parents attended an information session from our Careers Adviser, Arthur Zigas, who gave a most informative session about curriculum choices for Year 10 as they move into Senior Studies, and what sorts of factors should be considered when choosing subjects for the HSC. Arthur’s advice is that students should go with their interests and passions, their strengths and with an understanding of what is required for them to achieve their career aspirations. This is a view fully endorsed by the school. Students who achieve good ATARS do so in any subject from Arts and Humanities to the Sciences. The key factors for HSC success are commitment and effort. As Arthur mentioned students are best placed to choose their subjects.

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