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Recognising our unsung school heroes

Schools across the state will celebrate the efforts of their non-teaching staff who help daily in classrooms, school offices, libraries and grounds.

Connie Mezzanotte and Sue McCoy

#GreatPlaceToWork ... Connie Mezzanotte and Sue McCoy (front, L-R) are among more than 30 school SAS staff who work at Cabramatta High School.

NSW public schools will this week acknowledge the dedicated workers who assist in the day-to-day running of our schools.

School Administrative and Support Staff Recognition Week is an annual event to say thanks to SAS staff who include:

  • Aboriginal education officers
  • farm assistants
  • general assistants
  • school administrative managers
  • school administrative officers
  • school learning support officers.

Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott thanked the staff who support more than 810,000 public school students.

“Our SAS staff are often the first people parents and students see when they come to a school and that first welcoming impression is incredibly important,” Mr Scott said.

“They are vital to the day-to-day running of schools and are of tremendous support to teachers and students.”

The roles played by SAS staff in schools are varied and complex, from providing first aid care and processing enrolments and finances, to ensuring science labs, libraries and playgrounds are ready for use.

At Cabramatta High School, in Sydney’s south-west, more than 30 SAS staff aid student learning.

“Teachers rely on the SAS staff to organise equipment, purchase and prepare class materials and help students in classrooms understand the lesson,” Cabramatta High School Principal Beth Godwin said.

“The high quality of this support translates directly into high quality student outcomes.

“It is often teachers that get the accolades for student success. It is really the partnership between teachers and administration staff that creates an environment to ensure success.”

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