• Secretary's update

Schools are cornerstone of community

11 June 2020

‘Learning together’, the theme for Education Week, reflects the incredible months of 2020 where our students continued to learn and achieve, despite natural disasters and a pandemic.

A young girl plays the violin while her teacher watches.
Image: Share photos and videos of your Education Week preparation and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EdWeek20.

Education Week will run from Monday, 3 August, to Friday, 7 August. It’s our annual week of celebration, held in NSW for more than 50 years to highlight the achievements of our students and staff and the role of public schools as the cornerstone of their communities.

We know the best learning takes place in a partnership of students, teachers, parents and the community – and this year has really reinforced that understanding for us all.

This year will no doubt be different as schools plan Education Week events but I encourage you to think of creative ways you can connect with your school communities, perhaps in the virtual space.

Our schools have experienced significant disruption but our staff, in partnership with parents, have worked tirelessly to ensure that high quality teaching and learning has continued for all students.

As life slowly returns to normal, it’s time to reflect on our achievements and the resilience of our school communities.

The messages we want to convey during Education Week are:

Schools are the cornerstone of communities

Parents and carers are our partners in learning. Schools and families benefit from strong, respectful relationships where responsibility for student learning is shared.

Change and resilience

Our teachers and students are lifelong learners, collaborating in a positive learning environment to achieve their best. Learning together makes us stronger and creates resilient communities.

Connect better and learn together

Our school staff are dedicated professionals who know, value and care for all students. Technology enables learning together anywhere, any time.

Join us for #EdWeek20 as we celebrate #Learningtogether. There’s lots of ideas on how to celebrate Education Week and more information on our website.

Share your stories

We want to see how your students, staff and parents are celebrating Education Week. Share photos and videos of your preparation and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EdWeek20.

Film everything from how your school is preparing for #EdWeek20, to your activities during the week, to ‘learning together’ tips from your school community. You can use Schools Video (staff only) to produce your videos and share them on your social media channels.

We look forward to celebrating Education Week in our schools, with our students, school and corporate staff, parents and carers and the wider community.

Mark Scott

About the Secretary

Mark Scott is Secretary of the Department of Education. He has worked as a teacher, in public administration and as a journalist and media executive. He is committed to public education and learning environments where every child can flourish.

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