NSW Premier Mike Baird today officially launched Education Week 2016 – a time for the community to recognise and celebrate the achievements of public schools, their students and staff.
Mr Baird was joined at today’s event at Georges River Secondary College Peakhurst Campus by Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams.
“Education Week provides us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the incredible talents of our 790,000 public school students and the valuable contribution of public education to our communities,” Mr Baird said.
“We are ensuring our public school students are taught in world-class facilities by the very best teachers, and in the last Budget we allocated a record $3.7 billion for education, up by $950 million on last year.”
Mr Piccoli said more than 2,100 schools are participating in Education Week 2016, which has a theme this year of ‘Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities’.
“From pre-school education to training the best and brightest graduate teachers, the NSW Government is committed to delivering the highest quality education outcomes for students,” Mr Piccoli said.
“I encourage parents, alumni and members of the community to participate in this year’s Education Week events.”
Mrs Williams, who is also Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said Education Week was also a time to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal students.
“I’m proud to be hosting two special events at Parliament House this week – the finalists of the Aboriginal Student of the Year Award and National Indigenous Children’s Day,” Mrs Williams said.