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.

 

Congratulations Jeremy Kim, successful cadetship at Pitcher Partners. Tandee Wang is one of 25 students offered the Tuckwell Scholarship at ANU in 2017.

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Meet Mathematics teacher Ms Irene Chork, who arrived at Tech in January 2016 and is already inspiring her students.

Congratulations Jeremy Kim, successful cadetship at Pitcher Partners. Tandee Wang is one of 25 students offered the Tuckwell Scholarship at ANU in 2017.

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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

 

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