Heroes help NSW school students stay connected

Prominent Australians have donated their time to help students kick start their day while learning at home.

01 May 2020

Video – NSW Education LIVE sneak peek

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Check out this special sneak peek of NSW Education LIVE – 8:45am weekdays from 29 April.

Prominent Australians, including musician Guy Sebastian and TV foodies Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel, as well as the Department of Education’s Eddie Woo, have donated their time to help students kick start their day while learning at home.

Department of Education Secretary, Mark Scott, today announced a series of 15-minute wellbeing classes to be live-streamed at the start of each school day until May 8.

“School resumes on Wednesday for Term 2, and most students in NSW will continue their learning from home for the next few weeks,” Mr Scott said.

“We’re encouraging parents to follow the staged return to school so that we can manage face-to-face teaching with appropriate safeguards. During this time of unprecedented change, it is important our children still have the routine of schoolwork and learning from home to maintain a sense of normalcy.”

NSW Education LIVE will connect students with expert presenters across the fields of music, art, food, gardening, technology, and sport.

Mr Scott said the series also features other high-profile identities including the host of Gardening Australia Costa Georgiadis, artist Ben Quilty, Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva, Rugby League hero Alan Tongue, and Sydney Swans player Ollie Florent.

“Our live streams are a unique and exciting way to support parents, students and teachers with additional resources to help with learning from home,” Mr Scott said.

As a father of two primary school-aged boys, Guy Sebastian said he understood the challenges of this period of self-isolation and was excited to be involved in NSW Education LIVE.

“I was keen to be involved with these live streams to do what I could to help kids stay positive and happy through this, while also giving them the mental wellbeing to stay focused on their learning,” Mr Sebastian said.

NSW Education LIVE will be streamed direct to the 2200-plus public school websites and the 1400-plus school Facebook pages for students to access at home. Students will also be able to watch a broadcast on-demand after each episode streams.

Mathematics teacher Eddie Woo said this unprecedented situation has given us all an opportunity to connect and learn with people all over the country.

“To everyone who’s trying their best to support their children as they engage with learning at home, I’m delighted to be part of Education LIVE and hope that lots of people can tune in to join us!” Mr Woo said.

You can follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #EducationLIVE and #learnfromhome.

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