20 June 2017 Peter Wilson | News | Year 10  

On the 30th of May, United States Senator John McCain gave a lecture at the State Library. Two boys from Year 10, Leon Burfield and William Ma, went along with Mr Wilson to listen to Senator McCain’s lecture. The security at the state library was tight with many prominent politician figures such as former Prime Ministers John Howard and Bob Hawke attending the lecture.

Senator McCain was introduced by the NSW Premier, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian where she praised the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Australia. Senator McCain gave a half-hour lecture with topics spanning from the increase in Chinese influence in the region and Australia’s alliance with the United States. The main points on his speech are to guarantee the Australian people that America will not embrace isolationism and that it will continue the security relationship between the two states. In his speech he touched upon the growing threat of the North Korean Missile program. China’s growing influence in the Asia Pacific region is keynote in his lecture where he criticized China for using its influence in trade and investment “as a tool to coerce its neighbours.”

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19 June 2017 Dominic Pich | News | Year 12  

On the 18th May, three Standard English classes attended the "Educating Rita Play" directed by Julie Baz at The Depot Theatre in Marrickville. Educating Rita was a sensation play which was both humourous and enlightening while also presenting a profound message on the power of education and individuality. The play presented an interesting commentary on the state of “what it means to be educated,” which particularly applied to the year 12 cohort as they are soon be facing life after school and making decisions on further education. The play was performed in a small auditorium where a definite sense of intimacy was felt between the audience and the performers due to the size of the room. The acting was spot on and the atmosphere was immersive giving the feeling like we were in the 80s. All in all it was a great day.

By Dominic Pich

16 June 2017 Emily Yong | News | Whole School  

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. Reconciliation Week helps to celebrate and build respectful, united relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and other Australians. Reconciliation is a national journey, one walked by every single person in Australia, and every single person’s efforts count.

This year is particularly significant as we reflect on two historic anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s journey, to continue to walk the path of unity and respect.

Saturday the 27th of May, marks exactly 50 years since the historic 1967 Referendum, a defining event in our nation’s recent history, which proposed changes to the Australian Constitution to grant Aboriginal peoples the same civil rights as other Australians. The Referendum was supported by all political parties and 90% of Australians voted for change in order to make Australia a fairer place. The Referendum meant that Aboriginal people became part of the Australian census and the Federal government could begin to make laws to ensure improved rights for Aboriginal people. 

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