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Swans Visit

On Tuesday 6 February two players from the Sydney Swans, Heath Grundy and Gary Rohan, came to visit the school.  In the morning, they took Year 8 for a practical instruction lesson as part of the AFL component of PDHPE.  However from 11.30 onwards they gave the Year 11 and Year 12 PDHPE classes a lecture and subsequently a Q and A.  Year 11 and 12 took this opportunity to gain an insight into sports medicine rehabilitation procedures, specialised training programs designed to improve both individual and team performance, and the interaction between skeletal and muscular body systems.  Core points of enquiry included the ethical use of local anaesthetic and the impact this has on the rehabilitation process and the concussion policy of the AFL which, over recent years, has been surrounded by controversy.  Year 11 and 12 students were afforded valuable examples which were extremely relevant to their studies of Senior PDHPE which will undoubtedly be beneficial for use in the HSC exam.

The Board of Studies has a program to help students with practical support in their Higher School Certificate examinations. This practical support, known as provisions, assists students to read examination questions and to write their answers. Provisions include rest breaks and extra time. The use of any provision is not written on the student’s results.

Please view the Sydney Technical High School slide show here:

View the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Documentation here:

Download this file (A parent guide to the HSC 2018.pdf)A parent guide to the HSC 2018[A parent guide to the HSC 2018]835 kB

Tech Alumni Day 2017

On Friday 25 August we held a Tech Alumni Day.  This was a new format where we invited four different year groups 1996, 1997, 2011 and 2012.  We had approximately 40 alumni attend and a few ex staff.  The alumni who attended enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with old classmates and find out some interesting facts about the school since leaving.  They were able to view the Year 12 HSC Visual Arts students’ major projects and have a tour of the school.  They attended the school weekly assembly where they watched the Year 10 Commerce Political Campaign speeches. 

Mark Youssef, one of the alumni, spoke at the assembly about his experiences since leaving Tech and his involvement in school life while he was at school.  He encouraged our students to make the most of their time at Tech and take advantage of all it has to offer.  This was followed by a morning tea, where the alumni caught up with current staff.  Some of the alumni were able to stay longer and visit some technology classes.

Please read Mark Youssef's speech with the link below;

Jordan Ka Truong was awarded a 2017 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement on Wednesday 13 September in the William Wilkins Gallery, NSW Department of Education at Bridge Street, Sydney.  The award recognises outstanding Year 12 students who have excelled in their secondary years across academic excellence, sporting, cultural, community and leadership.

Jordan is a gifted and insightful mathematician who has been recognised for his outstanding abilities through multiple prizes and prestigious awards.   He has won multiple awards in the Australian Mathematics Competition and in 2015 he obtained a high distinction in the Intermediate Australian Mathematical Olympiad and was invited to go on the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee senior contest.  Jordan is also a keen participant in the Australian Science Olympiads.

Elected as a senior prefect, Jordan has established the STEM program, mentoring and helping students.  Leadership of the group has enhanced Jordan’s organisational and negotiating skills and further developed his leadership ability.  Jordan is committed to his volunteer work and outside school he is a keen participant in Taekwondo and has achieved Bo Dan.

Jordan is a worthy recipient of this award and is pictured below with his parents and the Minister.

It has to be noted that the Awards Ceremony is the last to be held in the beautiful Department of Education’s William Wilkins Gallery.  The building was constructed over many years and construction started in 1912.


Development Day Monday July 2017

The school was delighted to welcomed back Dr Ben North, class of 2001 to Development Day this term. Ben studied English and History at Sydney University, and has a doctorate in gifted and talented education. His presentation was on assessing for differentiation for gifted learners. He is currently seconded to work with the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation in the Department of Education, and is a Principal Research Officer. Ben’s doctoral thesis was in Educational Psychology from UNSW and was titled: ‘Under pressure: a Comparison of gifted and average-ability senior secondary student responses to academic pressure in high-stakes assessment contexts’. He mentioned to us how strange it felt returning to his old school and teaching both his ex teachers and young newly appointed teachers to Tech whom he had taught himself in his schools, Oatley Senior campus and Engadine High School.

Ben reminded us that we must take care to find out where our gifted students are in terms of their interests and understanding of the curriculum. About 60% of selective students have mastery over aspects of the curriculum when they come into year 7, and it is our job to acknowledge this, and to avoid repetition and lack of engagement. By pretesting students and gaining insights into their skill levels and interests, we can then differentiate the curriculum to better meet their needs. This is particularly important at Tech where we have students from as many as 80 different Primary schools. By making learning explicit and visible, and asking students to reflect on their own learning when they have completed units of work, we can take the guess work out of teaching and learning.

Ben is currently working on the new Gifted and Talented education policy for the Department which was in the news on Friday July 21st when Mark Scott, Secretary of the Department presented his take on gifted and talented education to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Biennial Conference at the UNSW . A copy of his speech can be found  at


Secretary Scott mentioned the work of gifted and talented educator Dr Jae Jung who I am very pleased to say will be presenting to us at our joint P&C meeting with St George on Tuesday 1 August 2017 in the school auditorium. Dr Jung’s area of expertise is decision making in adolescents.

Download this file (STHS SDD T3 2017 Dr B North Slides.pdf)ASSESSING FOR DIFFERENTIATION[Dr Ben North Principal Research Officer New South Wales Department of Education This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / @drbennorth ASSESSING FOR DIFFERENTIATION:  Informing teaching and learning through  formative assessment]6444 kB


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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, 1912 (first Principal of Sydney Technical High School)