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Celebrate SASS Recognition Week

This week is School Administrative and Support (SAS) Staff Recognition Week, a time to acknowledge and thank the often unsung heroes in our public schools.

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Secretary’s Awards for Excellent Service, from left, Matthew Little, Tam Phan and Stephen Lidbetter.

Our SAS staff play an important role in the school community. They are often the first people you see when you enter a school and are essential to maintaining positive relationships with students, parents and the community.

SAS staff work in school offices, in classrooms and libraries and maintaining and caring for school grounds and buildings. They are often the ones to tend to students when they unwell and they ensure the efficient management of school financial and administration functions.

Last week I was delighted to recognise the contributions of three of our General Assistants at the Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.

Tam Phan from Lansvale Public School, Stephen Lidbetter from Thomas Reddall High School and Matthew Little from Forbes High School each received the Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service for their dedicated service to their school communities.

Tam Phan is a highly motivated and committed member of staff at Lansvale Public School and was praised for his work in redeveloping the preschool at the school.

Stephen Lidbetter goes above and beyond in his role at Thomas Reddall High School, working in collaboration with teachers and external agencies to help students and staff.

Matthew Little is both a General Assistant and a School Learning Support Officer at Forbes High School and has worked with disengaged students, teaching valuable life skills and encouraging their participation in school activities.

I encourage all schools to mark SASS Recognition Week whether it’s a simple word of thanks and appreciation or a morning tea. I would also personally like to acknowledge and thank all our SAS staff for the valuable work you perform and your contribution to supporting great teaching and learning outcomes in our schools.

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Mark Scott

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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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