This week is Education Week in NSW public schools where we highlight the importance of students shaping their educational journeys through the theme ‘Every student, every voice’.
It’s a theme that underpins our ambition for every student in our schools to be known, valued and cared for.
Our focus on student voice is about more than just having a say; it’s also about us listening. The idea of a genuine conversation is important. Recent research, co-funded by the department, shows that valuing and acting on the ideas, opinions and expertise of all students has significant positive impacts on student wellbeing.
This partnership in learning and listening also helps build a better education system. Student perspectives, experiences and aspirations shape and enrich our schools and communities and influence our decision-making as we prepare young people for rewarding lives as engaged citizens in a complex and dynamic society.
Monday’s launch of Education Week – in Sydney and Dubbo – will start a week of celebrations of the achievements of public schools, their students, staff and communities. Public schools across NSW will hold showcase events for their communities including open days, special assemblies, performances and even principals swapping schools.
Join the livestream of Education Week launch from 10am on Monday, 5 August:
Education Week is now in its 65th year. In 2019 we celebrate how NSW public education gives students the skills they need to express their voice; and the valuable role our schools play in supporting student agency and empowerment.
Our celebrations coincide with the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, providing a platform to highlight the important work we are doing in amplifying the voice of our Aboriginal students and staff through programs that protect and promote language and culture.
Education Week this year provides a wonderful opportunity for schools to evaluate the authenticity of student voice and how it can be used to build respectful relationships and connect our schools and wider communities.
I wish every member of our public education community a wonderful Education Week and encourage families and community members to join in the celebrations at your local school.