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Sydney Technical High School said goodbye to long term mathematics teacher, Stephen Parrish today. Mr Parrish has taught  at the school since 1989. He completed two years country service before teaching firstly at Punchbowl Boys then at Kogaragh High School. Mr Parrish’s first ambition was to join the airforce, but unfortunately his poor sight prevented that career path, and happily he chose mathematics. A passionate educator, Mr Parrish has shared his expertise, insight and wisdom with decades of boys and colleagues at Tech. Mr Parrish was always happiest in the classroom, teaching, and his humility and gentle humour will be missed by students and staff. The school wishes him every future happiness, as he starts the next chapter of his life after school.

As always, there have been a number of events on the music calendar, which have provided our gifted and talented students with a range of opportunities to develop and display not only their musical skills, but also their remarkable ability to work cooperatively- demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities.  Ensembles camp, Bandfest and Musicale have provided students with a platform upon which they could enhance these skills.

 “Musicale”- the school’s annual concert, turned out to be very successful indeed. The show commenced with a performance by the intermediate band, who had only recently won a gold award at ‘Bandfest’. With their polished performance, it was not hard to see why they had achieved such an accomplishment. Musicale also included performances by other regular school ensembles such as the string ensemble who once again produced a captivating performance with their smooth and diverse repertoire, the vastly improved stage band, the choir who produced an excellent rendition of the song ‘I Believe’, the soulful Uke Club and the concert band who also won gold at ‘Bandfest’.  

Also worth mentioning are the student initiated ensembles, such as the orchestra who continue to produce some fine performances due to the motivation of some talented year 11 music students- Kenneth and Atkins Fan, and Dylan He who have recently become the driving force behind this unit. Other performers who are to be commended on their invaluable contribution include; Tom McDougall, Rikki Arendesn, Adam Robey and Jackson Fisher.

It was pleasing to see so many old boys returning to the school to either perform with or in some cases even rehearse our ensembles, or simply showing their support for their fellow Techies by being a part of the audience. Of course, the concert would certainly not have been so successful without the help of the STHS sound & lighting team and our two fantastic comperes Vincent Yuan and Leo Guo.

All students, teachers and parents who were present at Musicale would have to agree that they were treated to some high-quality instrumental and vocal skills, and all the ensembles are looking forward to their next gig.

Shane Gamage and Julie Ryan

Performing Ensemble Coordinators

On Friday 5 May we welcomed a group of students who are recent Tech graduates. Terence Kwok (2011), Shakib Parvez (2013), Gordon Wu and Jason Daley (2014), Andrew Lucas (2015) and Sampath Somanchi (2016) spoke of their time at school, post school studies and aspirations for the future. It was a very informative afternoon in a very relaxed atmosphere. It is always good to have our students come to the school.

Next Friday, 9 June, Year 7 parents will be attending parent teacher afternoon to discuss how their sons have settled into Tech. Information about this has already gone out to parents.
I look forward to seeing you there.

Two teams of our most gifted mathematics students travelled to Canberra last week to compete in the ANU Mathematics Day which is hosted for students in NSW and ACT. We are the only Sydney school invited. The competition format is a series of challenging mathematical problems that are completed in teams in a set time frame, over a whole day. Amongst our group are two students with outstanding achievements in the Australian Mathematical Olympiads, Jordan Ka Truong and Hilton Nguyen. In true Tech spirit the team chose to share their expertise across both teams. My thanks to their teachers Ms Dinos and Mr Sender for giving their time to accompany students.

"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)