Sydney Technical High School
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|Sydney Technical High School|
"Manners Makyth Man"
(William of Wykeham)
|Bexley, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Selective, state-funded, secondary, single-sex (male), day school|
|Colour(s)||Maroon & Sky Blue
Sydney Technical High School is an academically selective, state-funded high school for boys in Bexley, a southern suburb of Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1911 as part of Sydney Technical College, the school was one of the six original New South Wales selective schools. The school is colloquially abbreviated to "Sydney Tech", "STHS" or simply "Tech".
Admission to Year 7 is based on an external selective test held in Year 6 during March. Entrance to Years 8, 9 and 10 is based on the submission of an application form and an interview. Admission to Year 11 is based on the submission of an application form, placement tests in mathematics and English, and an interview.
The school consistently achieves strong results in external assessments, such as the NAPLAN, the School Certificate, and in particular, the Higher School Certificate (HSC), where its students are regularly ranked in the top ten places in the state across a variety of subjects. On average, over 80% of its students achieve in the top 20% of the state, with a majority gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of more than 90.
In 2010 fifteen students from the school's graduating class received Premier's Awards for All-round Excellence in the NSW HSC. The school won the national championship in the University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge in 2010 (gold division) and 2011 (silver division).
In 2011 28.88% of the school's graduating students were distinguished achievers (receiving Band 6 or E4 in one of their subjects).
One of the reforms advocated by the 1903 Royal Commission into NSW Education was the establishment of classes providing courses which would involve technical subjects. Consequently, Continuation classes for students interested in technical subjects commenced at the Sydney Technical College.
In April 1911, these Continuation classes were given the status of a high school, and Sydney Technical High was established. Originally, the school was co-educational with 113 boys and 15 girls. In February 1913, the girls were transferred to Fort Street Girls' High; and, from then on, the school became for boys only.
Since 1911, the school has been located at three Sydney sites:
- Ultimo House on Mary Ann Street: this was the "country" home of Dr. John Harris, Surgeon of the New South Wales Corps. The property was bought by the Government in 1899 and used by Technical Education for many years before being used by Sydney Tech High from 1911 to 1924.
- Paddington on Albion Street: in 1925, with an enrolment of 421, Sydney Tech High was transferred to Albion Street, Paddington. Although it was a note of expansion, it was a vigorous P&C campaign that encouraged the State Government to fund an entirely new site for the school.
- Bexley on Forest Road: the Old McConnachie's Paddock was occupied and first stone for the school's foundations was laid in March 1955, with the school completed and occupied by September 1956. The official opening for the school's new facilities was on 2 August 1958, with four units: the administration block, general classrooms ('A block'), manual training block and the auditorium and gymnasium. Throughout the years numerous additions have been made to the site. The School Pool was opened in 1966, the Kingston-David Library and Laboratories in 1975 and a brand-new administration block in 1998.
The current grounds at Bexley include the following physical facilities:
- Upper courts and Lower Courts ("The Cage") – basketball courts for Years 7–9 and 10–12, respectively
- Elmo Landsberger Cricket nets – located between Lower courts and Back oval, 3 cricket batting nets & a plaque dedicated to Elmo Landsberger
- New courts – A new basketball court as well as 3 small handball courts and a volleyball court has been put in, near the Anderson Street car park. The construction was completed in May 2009.
- Botanical and Rainforest area
- Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Library
- Auditorium for School Assemblies and performances
- Gymnasium with indoor basketball courts
- Matthew Goodall Memorial Garden - Adjacent the library
|Creative Arts||Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, Visual Arts|
|English||Drama, English (Standard & Advanced), English Extensions 1 & 2|
|History||Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Studies of Religion 1, Accelerated History (Yr 9-10)|
|Languages||French, German, Japanese (Beginners, Continuers & Extension)|
|Mathematics||Mathematics, Mathematics Extensions 1 & 2|
|PD/Health/PE/Careers||Personal Development/Health/Physical Education, Human Movement|
|Science||Biology, Chemistry, Physics|
|Social science||Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Commerce|
|Industrial arts and computing studies||Design and Technology, Engineering Studies, Information Processes and Technology (Year 11-12 and accelerated Year 9-10), Information Technology (VET), Software Design and Development (SDD), Graphic and Computing Studies|
Extracurricular activities offered to Sydney Technical High School students include:
- P&C Association and Student Fundraising
- Debating Teams
- Student Representative Council (SRC)
- Interact – A group dedicated to charity fundraising
- Sound and Lighting Crew – A group of students who, under teacher supervision, dedicate their time to the continued maintenance and functioning of the auditorium and drama studio systems.
- FRED – The school newspaper run solely by students at the school. FRED is back after remaining dormant from 2005 to 2007. However, it remained dormant since the last release of FRED 2009. FRED has been started up again since 2012, with its first release scheduled in early 2013.
- Public Speaking – including Inter-School and grade-wide competitions
- Links Program – A group of year 9 students work with students from Hurstville Primary School, to show them what happens in high school and create links between the two schools.
- ISCF – Inter-School Christian Fellowship run by the students under teacher supervision
- Chess – Inter-School Chess Competition also in session.
- Committees of Year 12 organisation – for collaborating the Year 12 Yearbook, Formal, Year 12 End of Year Video and Jerseys
- School Bands – Beginner, Intermediate, Concert, Stage, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Choir
- Environment Team
- Centenary School Scholarships - Senior, Intermdiate and Junior categories
- Department of Education's Great Schools Showoff short film competition - 2012 Sydney Regional winners and 2nd at State Finals
- Chemistry Titration Competition
- ICAS competitions
- Rio Tinto Big Science Competition
The SRC also organise various activities throughout the year, including:
- Rubik's Cube competition
- Counter-Strike competition
- Pizza Day
- Fashion Parade
- Talent Quest
Tech is one of the 19 schools of the St. George Secondary Schools Sport Association, participating in inter-school competitions for sports including:
- Table Tennis
- Touch Football
- Water Polo
- Field Hockey
- Australian rules football
Students also have the choice of participating in the following non-grade sports:
- Non-grade Rotation
The school's annual activities include:
- The "Celebrity" Human Movement Challenge
- Combined SRC Dance between Sydney Tech and St George Girls High School
- Musicale (School bands, music student groups and soloists)
- Senior Trivia Night (Prefecture)
- Jorge Diaz Wombi Ball Cup (Prefecture)
- SRC Week – Various activities such as Pizza Day, Talent Quest and Counter-Strike Competition
- Year 10 Formal (Formal Committee)
- Year 12 Formal (Formal Committee)
- Annual Talent Quest
- 40 Hour Famine
- World's Greatest Shave
- TechFest - Short film competition - Senior and Junior divisions
- Tech Cup
- Year 12 House Soccer Cup
Fundraising activities include:
- Mufti Days (Interact team, SRC) – Mufti days and sausage sizzles are often held on the same day.
- Charity Fundraising (Interact team on behalf of various charities).
- Year 12 Fundraising – Various fundraising activities to raise funds for the year 12 gift to the school each year.
As of 2008, the Prefect Body has been merged with the year 11 and 12 SRC members. The current system emcompasses School Captain, Vice Captain, and four Senior Prefects. The School Captain runs school assemblies. All prefects that are not part of the Prefect executives do canteen duty during recess and lunchtimes as well as bus duties.
Student Representative Council
SRC votes internally to determine the positions of SRC president, SRC vice-president and SRC treasurer. The stated role of the SRC is to organise and raise funds for equipment and facilities for the school.
There has been a reintroduced house system, consisting of 6 houses. These correlate with the six Roll Call classes and are named, Williams, Turner, McMullen, MacKinnon, Broome and Gotto. The House Captains are elected from Years 10 and 12. The roll call classes are arranged according the students' surnames. Students compete together in their houses at the Athletics carnivals, Cross country carnivals, and Swimming carnivals.
St. George Girls High School is considered to be the female counterpart or 'sister school' of Sydney Technical High School, and often engages in Student Representative Council activities, as well as Combined Parents & Citizens meetings.
Alumni are referred to as Old Boys.
- Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – Pioneering aviator
- Entertainment and the Arts
- Alex Dimitriades – Actor
- Les Gock – Musician
- Clive James – Writer
- Patrick Matthews – Musician
- Leo McKern – Actor
- Leonardo Nam – Actor
- Laurie Patton – Journalist, television executive
- Imants Tillers – Artist. Class of 1968
- Mike Tomalaris – Journalist, TV Presenter
- Politics, religion and law
- Sir Robert Askin, Premier of New South Wales
- Bruce McDonald – Former Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales (1981)
- Stephen Loosely - former Senator
- Graham Richardson – former Senator (ALP) (1983–1994); Environment Minister (1987–1993); Health Minister (1992) during Bob Hawke's term of office as Prime Minister.
- Cecil Abbott AO QPM, Commissioner of the New South Wales Police (1981–1984)
- Francis Oag Hulme-Moir, 7th Bishop of Nelson
- Reg Gasnier – Rugby league player
- John Konrads – Olympic gold-medallist swimmer and businessman
- Stephen Wooldridge – Olympic Cyclist (gold medallist 2004 Olympics). Class of 1995.
- Nic Maddinson - International Cricketer
- Armed services
- Air Vice Marshal Christopher Deeble AM CSC 
- Air Vice Marshal Ernest Hey CB CBE 
- Air Vice Marshal David Rogers 
- Air Vice Marshal Kenneth Tuckwell 
- Air Vice Marshal Sydney White AO 
- Saul Griffith - Australian-American Inventor
- David Coe - Australian businessman
- Rod Carter - Former AFL player, Sydney Swans
- Max Howell - Educator and rugby union player
- List of Government schools in New South Wales
- List of selective high schools in New South Wales
- St. George Girls High School
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- P&C Association - Parent & Community Groups
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- Official website
- NSW Department of Education and Training: Sydney Technical High School
- Official Sydney Technical High School FRED Facebook Page
- Official site of STHS FRED digital publications
- Class of 1984 web site (includes many documents and photographs to do with Sydney Technical High School from 1979 to 1984).