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Celebrating Education Week

Education Week is a time for everyone in our schools – and all those who support our schools – to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the impact of public education.

I am incredibly proud of the innovative teaching and learning that occurs in every public school across NSW to ensure that every student can perform to their full potential. We want every child in our schools to be known, valued and cared for.

Education Week from 6 – 10 August provides the opportunity for schools to welcome their community to see firsthand the magic of learning. Our schools organise open classrooms, student performances, grand-friend days and other activities to showcase contemporary education.

The theme of Education Week 2018 – Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world, highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

A highlight of Education Week 2018 is the Game Changer Challenge, which will demonstrate the applied learning occurring in our schools. By grounding education in real-world learning opportunities, our students are acquiring the capabilities to tackle complex issues in the 21st century.

The 16 teams of students and teachers from across NSW were propelled to the final of the Game Changer Challenge with their futuristic visions for education, such as superfast scooters to transport students between classes; sustainable schools self-sufficient in power, water and food; and time travel excursions to key moments in history.

The teams will compete in a three-day, design-thinking program working alongside leading industry professionals to craft the school of the future. We are all looking forward to the final designs.

We don’t know exactly what the future holds but in education today we are focused on equipping students with the skills and knowledge they will need to lead fulfilling lives in the future.

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Secretary 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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