We are a truly diverse multicultural Australian school with more than 30 cultures represented in our student body. Our boys and their families come from all over metropolitan Sydney and together the school home partnership seeks to improve student motivation and learning. Many of our families are from a Language background other than English (LBOTE) and our partnership is inclusive and supportive of all families. Our parents have high aspirations for their sons, and we work together to ensure our students are academically successful and resilient.
Parents and Citizen Association (P&C)
The Parents and Citizens (P&C) comprise members of the school community, predominantly parents of students at the school who support, advise and work collaboratively with the school in the best interests of the education of students at Tech. The P&C jointly develops the strategic directions of the school, advocate for public education and participate in panels, celebrations and partner the school in improving student learning outcomes.
The P&C committee led by the President meet on the first Tuesday of the month in term time, and all parents are encouraged to attend.
A number of important events are organised by the P&C. These include guest speakers on topics of relevance and interest to parents, and an annual joint P&C meeting with sister school, St George Girls High School.
The P&C support the school financially in numerous ways and provide additional resourcing for items such as technology; textbooks; gym and canteen equipment, and other items as requested by the school. The P&C is not a fundraising body in part due to the complexity of school enrolment and the fact that many students travel large distances to the school. Instead, the P&C have an annual standard levy which all parents are encouraged to pay.
The P&C welcome Year 7 students to the school in Term 1 with a BBQ which is very well attended.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
The P&C run a second hand uniform shop in the grounds of the school in Vera’s Cottage. The shop is run by volunteers, and is open on the second Tuesday of the month between 10.30 am and 12.
The school is fortunate to have a school run canteen, and all profits from the canteen are returned to the school. The canteen is run by a paid manager, with the help of community volunteers. At the start of every year the canteen invites parents to volunteer their time. Their contribution to the school is very much appreciated.
The school enjoys a good relationship with the community, and has established a parent partnership program for Years 7-10. The aim of the partnership is to strengthen the home school relationship and encourage student wellbeing. Parents join the senior executive once a term for breakfast and discussion on issues of mutual educational interest. Topics discussed are often related to our student wellbeing program, which is age specific, and various guest speakers are invited, and have included The Australian Federal Police talking on cyber safety, and staff speaking on their areas of expertise, as well as seminars on mental health issues; adolescent development; gaming and gifted and talented education. Parent input into potential seminar topics ensure the relevance and utility of the program.
Tech Talk is the school’s monthly newsletter of school stories and events. It is a useful way to keep up to date with what is happening in the school, and the P&C report can be found here.