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From the department

Education Week – Every student, every voice

01 Aug 2019

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What’s on?

Some schools across NSW will hold showcase events for their communities including open days, special assemblies, performances and even principals swapping schools. You can also join in the celebrations online with our state-wide events.   

Watch the Education Week launch

Join the Premier, the Minister for Education and the department’s Secretary to kick-off Education Week in style. The launch will be broadcast live on Monday 5 August at 10am from St Marys North Public School and Dubbo College, Senior Campus.

Hear from our student Secretaries

More than 40 NSW high school students will take over the department’s Parramatta office in the Secretary for a Day program. The students will work with department staff to action positive change for schools and student learning and take part in leadership workshops with industry and education experts.

Check out the Game Changer Challenge live

The department's Secretary Mark Scott will moderate a student audience asking some of Australia’s best tech minds the question ‘How might we humanise technology?’ as the Game Changer Challenge gets under way. Livestream the panel via YouTube on Tuesday 6 August at 9am.

Follow throughout the week as 18 teams of students put their design thinking skills to the test as they imagine, experiment, prototype and invent solutions to tricky future challenges.

The teams will pitch their ideas and battle it out to be crowned champions of the 2019 Game Changer Challenge. On Thursday 8 August watch our primary teams from 9am and our high school teams from 11am, all livestreamed on YouTube.

Student voice

Secretary Mark Scott said the theme of Education Week – Every student, every voice – was about more than just giving students a say.

“It is about us listening,” Mr Scott said.  “The idea of a genuine conversation is important. Recent research, co-funded by the department, shows that valuing and acting on the ideas, opinions and expertise of all students has significant positive impacts on student wellbeing. 

“Student perspectives, experiences and aspirations shape and enrich our schools and communities and actively influence our decision-making as we strive to be the best education system in Australia.”

Find out more about Education Week