Year 11 2021 Subject Selection Information Evening
Wednesday 10 June at 7:00pm via a Zoom Webinar
This is an important evening for students and parents as we will share essential information regarding the HSC and the subjects on offer. We request that all students and parents engage with the webinar.
The Zoom Webinar link and further instructions will be issued via email on Tuesday 9 June. Next week you will also receive an email when the Subject Selection Plenaries are available to book through the PTO system.
We look forward to engaging with you next week
Ms Kieryn Bateman
Director of Learning
Years 7 to 11 Academic Plenaries
As previously communicated, Years 7 to 11 Academic Zoom Plenaries will be available on the following dates:
- Week 8: Wed 17 June 3:30pm -6:00pm
- Week 9: Friday 26 June 8:30am- 3:30pm
- Week 1: Friday 24 July 1:00pm-5:30pm (Years 7-11 will finish school at the end of period 4).
- Week 2: Wednesday 29July 3:30pm-6:00pm
You will be advised next week via email when the PTO Booking System is available for bookings. This email will contain important information, instructions on zoom links and how to book.
Mr Marco Scali
Acting Dean of Learning
Year 9 History Lecture
On 19 May 2020, Nicholas Baker, Professor of History from Macquarie University and specialist in the Italian Renaissance gave a Zoom presentation to Year 9 students of Elective History.
During this lecture, we learnt about the life of 16th Century Niccolo Machiavelli, and the role he played in politics and his writing during this time of the Italian Renaissance and the warring year.
For obvious reasons, Professor Baker was unable to join us in person, however, we were still lucky enough to be able to listen to his passionate lecture. We also had a live Q&A with Professor Baker which allowed us to ask all questions that we had. He also used a powerpoint presentation to show us images and quotes about the time. All the while, each student was carefully taking notes about this interesting topic and paying close attention.
Machiavelli was quite a controversial person for his time (and even still today), especially as he worked as a bureaucrat for 14 years. He did not agree with the way that the country was being run and was not a fan of the Medici family, who were in power at the time. He wrote two books and multiple plays about controversial subjects such as ‘good’ leadership.
He brought up some interesting points in these books such as, ‘morality and authority do not always compliment each other’ and ‘you do not need to be a good person to be a good leader’. Machiavelli also believed that the ancient civilizations such as the Romans had it right: ‘You are only truly free if everybody in society is truly free; the elite can’t dominate, and the lower class can’t rise up’ and ‘internal conflict produces freedom’.
Machiavelli’s plays aimed to mock authority, defy convention and challenged the authority of the church. He also very strongly believed in idealising classical antiquity and was never one to sugar coat his plays as they embody tensions between the realistic and the idealistic.
Overall, we are all super grateful to Professor Baker and the History Department for agreeing to zoom us and give us this experience.
Bella Kachel and Jessica Barber, Year 9