Transcript of Ed Week launch

Transcript

Voice over

Let's get ready to rumble!

Radio DJ

You're listening to Studio K, Richmond North school radio. Welcome to everyone who is watching and listening to us today. We're going to be reaching out to schools all across New South Wales as we launch Education Week 2022.

Students

Hi from Alstonville.

And Hi from Wardell Public School.

We're tuning in from Orange Grove Public School.

We're tuning in from Woonona East Public School.

We're tuning in from Dubbo College South Campus.

Welcome to Education Week 2022.

Song lyrics

Creating our future today
Come help us, we're on our way
Creating our future today
Come help us, we're on our way
Creating our future today
Come help us, we're on our way

Student

Keep creating future's everyone.

Latarley

Mother earth is our provider.

We are the sunrise people of the eastern sea border. We are the first students, first teachers, and the first storytellers.

I would like to acknowledge your homelands and extend my respect to everyone joining us today. I pay respects to my Elders of the past and to Elders of today as they share the knowledge and stories to our Elders of the future.

One day, I hope to see all Australians embrace Aboriginal people and our culture because if you don't learn from the past, what will our future look like?

If we respect Country, it will respect us in return.

Ilan

Wow, what a great start to our livestream. A big thanks to the Arts Unit and all the people involved in our opening video.

Eliza

We would also like to thank the Aboriginal Education Team and Latarley for that beautiful Acknowledgement of Country.

Ilan

I am Ilan and I am in year six at Russell Vale Public School, which is a school that helps me create my future by providing me with the opportunity to develop both educationally and socially through classroom activities, sports, camps, and playground fun.

Eliza

My name is Eliza. I am in year three at Russell Vale Public School. My school helps me create my future by encouraging me to be the best I can be in everything.

Time to get this livestream rolling.

Advance Australia Fair sung

Australians all let us rejoice
For we are one and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty, rich and rare
In history's page let every stage
Advance Australia fair
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair

Sam

We want to thank our schools all over New South Wales who are tuning into the livestream right now.

Ethan

A big thanks to our school's inspired artist, Ada, for that great national anthem.

Sam

I am Sam and I am in year 11 at William Rose School. My school helps me create my future by helping me achieve my goals.

Ethan

And I am Ethan, and I am year nine at William Rose School. My school helps me create my future by helping me build my social and communication skills.

Sam

Let's hear next from our littlest learners then into our next profile video, Vouch for Lismore.

Student

I love Preschool this much.

Elise

I really love early childhood education as this is the start of the rest of their life, basically. And it's definitely a rewarding experience getting to see these people become who they're going to be.

Students

I like to paint the planets. There's stuff in the sky.

To do so many things with the teacher and have a lovely day.

I want to be a singer.

When I grow up, I wanna be a builder.

Students

I wanna be a dancing princess.

Rah!

Luke

Over the last couple of years here, we went from fires, to a flood, to COVID, to the biggest flood in recorded history.

Lochlan

It was obviously mind blowing, seeing the entirety of Lismore under water. It's good to see now that everyone is so optimistic with moving forward and getting Lismore back to where it was.

My name is Lochlan Maguire. I'm School Captain at the Kadina High Campus. It was tough in the beginning. What stayed is just the impact it really has on the entirety of Lismore. So it's kind of just rebuilding slowly. It happened pretty rapid and we had to get out really quick. Everyone was kind of just gathered outside on the little bit that wasn't under water. Just looking at the chaos that just happened.

Lily

We lost our school. It was completely inundated with water. I was doing three major works and I lost everything.

Luke

The Rivers Secondary College is the heart of education in Lismore. I really want to see as we move forward, that our kids just get stronger from this.

James

We wanted something that we would be able to provide some support to families once those immediate responses had left.

Lochlan

The teachers and principals have done a lot of supporting. They had a very hard job obviously and they've done really well.

Luke

The community does look to the school as a form of support and we facilitate that role on a daily basis.

Kirt

The focus is on just seeing the kids develop and recover from the trauma that they've all been through.

James

We came up with the idea of Vouch For Lismore, that meant that, we would go out to our broader community and ask for help. And the way they could help us is run their own fundraising activities. From bake stalls, to fundraising drives, to donation buckets, and then convert those proceeds into vouchers. What we ended up with was over a thousand vouchers being sent, as well as over $75,000 of fundraised funds coming through to us as well. So we made over $130,000.

Kirt

Just the overwhelming desire of people just wanting to support us here in Lismore has been just profound.

Lochlan

It helps to see people do still care and they're still providing all that help.

Shane

I suppose it's like, you know, the old Australian way. Your mate's down, dig in, help them out. The whole community have sort of got behind it and every sort of little bit has helped.

James

It's not a huge amount of money per family necessarily. It's not going to replace heirlooms, it's not going to rebuild houses. But I think the greatest thing is about that impact. It's that, in that resilient community that we have, we stand ready to help everybody when they need us too. You know, it's created a pretty lovely reciprocal thing I think, about public schools across the state.

Lochlan

Being school captain through all this, I have had a bigger role in representing my school and it does feel good to be able to help through this.

Lily

I want to stand up for my school and I want to stand up for everyone who's been affected by the flood because it's such a hard thing to deal with and we really do need role models at the moment.

Caroline

Coming to school is probably one of the best things that everyone can do, just to try and get some more normality back in our lives. Honestly, just taking every day, day by day, just trying to put one foot in front of the other.

James

The number one message in all of this is the power of public education and the power of what people can do together. When we're empowered to make those decisions and move together as a team, to keep in step and make sure that people are cared for, is pretty special.

Georgina Harrisson

Hi everyone, and welcome to Education Week 2022.

I'm here at Alexandria Park Community School. Alexandria Park Community School is located on Gadigal land. I want to pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging and extend those respects to our Aboriginal teachers, staff, community, and students joining us to celebrate in Education Week 2022.

I've had a wonderful time here this afternoon at Alexandria Park Community School, seeing active teaching and learning in place, meeting Edie in year two and hearing her talk about the wonderful job her teacher, Miss O'Sullivan is doing in unlocking those dreams and unlocking her potential.

I was wondering if you could tell me about the big dreams you have for when you are a grownup. If you think about when you're a grownup, are there things that you want to do? Are there places you want to go and see? Can you tell me a bit about your dreams?

Edie

Well, I want to live in Rushcutter's Bay.

And I want to be a food scientist.

Georgina

Oh, a food scientist. What's attracted you to food scientist?

Edie

'Cause when my mum showed me a video of a food scientist, I thought it looked cool.

Georgina

Yeah, really cool. And so do you know what subjects you're gonna have to work extra hard at to be a food scientist?

Edie

Like looking at the tiny things that come in food.

Georgina

I went to one of the year one classes here. Do you know what they were learning about?

Edie

What?

Georgina

They were learning about bees. And bees are a really important part of the science that creates our food 'cause they pollinate all the crops and the plants and then what else do they give us?

Edie

Honey.

Georgina

Honey, super sweet honey. Yum. I think being a food scientist sounds like a brilliant dream. What a great job, and living in Rushcutter's Bay, lovely. Good job. And so I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating Education Week this year. I hope you enjoy welcoming your community, students, parents, into your schools to celebrate all that is great about public education.

Louise

Toems are really important in Aboriginal culture and the students worked with Bangarra Dance Theatre with four of the totems. The whirly wind, the wedged tail eagle, fish and cassowary.

Emilia

Thank you to our secretary Georgina Harrisson for that wonderful piece of camera. Also, big thank you to the arts unit at Bangarra Dance Theatre for that performance.

I'm Emilia Damocles and I am in year 10 at Kingsgrove North High School. Creating futures through education is important for me as it prepares me to become innovative, a critical thinker, and a problem solver ready for all challenges that lie ahead in my learning journey.

Now, it is time to tune into our next profile video at Snacktember, and then we will hear from our skills team.

Lennox

I'm Lennox, I’m nine years old and I go to Caringbah North Public School.

Sharon

When Lennox came to me as a preschooler, her mum mentioned to me that Lennox had a little project.

Lennox

Snacktember is where I collect snacks and we give them to Oz Harvest and then they would give them to the kids who don't have any snacks.

I had a feeling that it would grow big, but I never thought it would grow this big.

We make a box with a sign saying ‘Snacktember’ and then we would take the box to school and at the end of September we would give it to Oz Harvest.

It started off with only one little box at my preschool. Since I’ve started with one little box, it's been 500 kilos.

The One to Watch Award. I was very happy to be announced as a finalist.

Nathan

Everyone was sitting there, fingers crossed under the table. When they called her name out, what can you do other than cry and you're still shocked, of course.

Lennox

When I won the award, I felt very happy, very excited, very surprised.

Jack

When she brought her little trophy in, that was a huge moment. I think we had 30 kids clamoring around it. "What is it? Young... of the year, of the year?!" She says, "Yes, yes. It’s of the year.” And she's telling me that there was 17-year-old girls and 16-year-old girls and she was the shortest. But I can imagine her in that room, her voice would transcend her height.

A lot of students can look to Lennox and her involvement in Snacktember and think that they could do it too.

Sharon

So we’re always encouraging the students of our school to take initiative and responsibility. And Lennox is a shining example of that.

Jack

Lennox is creating her own future by putting herself out there in all of these different areas, both in the school and out of it.

Nathan

Our biggest goal in this is just to not clip her wings. Just to let her know, that you know what, she can do any damn thing she wants.

Lennox

I think Snacktember is setting a future because it's gonna help the people who don't have food and who are homeless.

And definitely, it’s inspired the kids at my school because they’ve been trying to make the world a better place.

Neva

Thank you to the communications and engagement video team for our excellent profile videos, Vouch for Lismore, Snacktember, and we have a third one, but I won't give that away.

Welcome to Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School. I'm Neva and I'm in year 10. Thank you for helping us celebrate the achievements of our school, students, and learning community.

My school helps me create my future by providing me with leadership opportunities that allow me to help tackle problems around our school teaching me problem solving skills for life.

Now it's time to tune in to our skills team then another profile video, and a message from the minister, Sarah Mitchell.

Narrator

When most of us left school, the jobs of the future looked like this.

I can even send email on the internet.

Today, our futures look a little different. Young people today will have an average of 17 jobs across five careers. Most of these aren't even invented yet, but experts can predict the skills that we'll need and the jobs that will emerge. We'll need creative thinkers, compassionate leaders, and technical skills for jobs like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity specialists, robotics engineering, marketing automation in industries such as healthcare, training, science, and technology. The good news? You can qualify for nine out of 10 of these in demand careers with a VET course. The nature of work is rapidly changing. Take the opportunity to get skilled and get ready to make the future yours.

Aunty Karen

Goodooga Central School is a little school way out in the never-never.

Malcolm

Approximately 500km from Dubbo.

Naioka

You've always got a home in Goodooga. It's a nice little town, very close-knit community.

Malcolm

We run a very big 'Transition to Work' program, that allows our students to be able to start a traineeship or an apprenticeship. So they have the opportunity to make that part of their HSC and it also allows them to work while they're at school. Our main goal is to provide as many opportunities as we can for our students.

Just because we are in a rural and remote area, doesn't mean that these students need to miss out.

Naioka

We go down to Dubbo for five days. We pick five different places to work at. I really liked Education Support, so the next time I went down, I did a full five days of just Education Support and they organised it so I had a traineeship. By the time I'm finished, I'll have a Cert 3 in Education Support and I'll be able to go straight into the workforce.

Aunty Karen. She's been amazing. She's like the reason that we get to do what we do.

Aunty Karen

I go with the kids. I'm passionate about the kids. I love it because it's giving them opportunity. Try and get them ready for the big wide world.

Naioka

She's our mum away from home when we're there. Always like going above and beyond. We need more Aunty Karens out there in the world.

Malcolm

A lot of our staff here have grown up in Goodooga, so they know the limitations of being in a rural and remote community.

Aunty Karen

I'm a very proud person to call Goodooga my home. I came to this school and I've seen kids come through and their parents come through. Yeah, nothing like Goodooga Central.

Naioka

I am passionate about helping our Indigenous students. Like it's very good to help mob get to where they need to be and to be able to like, take care of your own like that. Like you're helping this little five-year-old, become the person they want to be. Five little nice words from us can make their entire day.

Malcolm

Through our 'Transition Pathways' program and our students achieving the HSC, we've had a 100% success rate which the whole school staff, parents, carers and community are extremely proud of.

It's rewarding to see our students achieve and succeed. That main goal in the light of the tunnel is when they graduate on our graduation night. And that really is the proudest moment ever.

Sarah Mitchell

Hi, everyone. I'm Sarah Mitchell and I'm very excited to be celebrating all of our achievements across the New South Wales public education system as we join together for this year's Education Week.

The work that everyone does each and every day to improve the lives of all young people across the state is really inspiring. And Education Week gives us a particular opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the excellent teaching and learning that is happening in our classrooms. I'm a proud product of our public education system and an even prouder mother of two girls in the early years of their own education journeys.

So I appreciate the vital role everyone across New South Wales education plays in ensuring the young people in our care receive a high quality education. I'm also privileged to visit schools across the state almost every week where I get the chance to see firsthand how our educators are building pathways for lifelong learning and opportunities for all of our young people, regardless of individual circumstance. And this is really what this year's Education Week theme, creating futures, is all about for me. How the opportunities that education provides our young people can change lives. It's also why I'm really proud to be a member of a government that continues to invest more than ever in education and has big aspirations for our students and our system.

In this year's state budget, we committed to once in a generation early childhood education reform that will ensure our youngest learners start school with a strong educational foundation that sets them up for success throughout school and later in their life.

I'm particularly proud of our $5.8 billion commitment to introduce universal pre-kindergarten for every child in New South Wales by 2030. We're also bringing the HSC into the 21st century by removing the restriction on the number of VET courses that can count towards the students' ATAR and expanding our careers New South Wales to provide additional support to secondary students, and ultimately, a one-stop shop of career support that can help you with your first job, your second job, or even your 10th job.

Creating futures for all students, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be requires investment from the first 2,000 days of life all the way through to post-school pathways. And I'm so excited to see such great initiatives, programs, people, and participants working on creating those futures each and every day.

I want to finish by congratulating everyone across New South Wales education for your dedication to public education in this state. Happy Education Week to you all.

Radio DJ

Studio K, Richmond North school radio.

Dylan

Wow. What a wild show that was, Chloe.

Chloe

That's right, Dylan. With what we are all achieving here at New South Wales public schools, the future looks bright, and dare I say it, it looks like we are actually creating futures.

From all of us at Studio K.

Students

Have a great Education Week!

Song lyrics

We used to be able to dance on the table
With nothing but stars in our eyes
Where we'd make believe and with all of our dreams
We would color outside of the lines
Don't you ever wonder when it happened
How did fun turn into fear
Now I'm standing on the edge of now or never
And the skies are looking clear, oh
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to fly
Been learning to hide in tall buildings
To seek all the millions
And hang like the suits and the ties
But that voice deep inside us
Is trying to remind us
What it means to be alive
Well don't you feel that we're running in circles
How did days turn into years
Now I'm standing on the edge of now or never
And the skies are looking clear, oh
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
Oh ma ma, eh ah ma
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to, I'm still learning to fly
I'm still learning to fly, been learning to fly
Over and over, I keep getting closer
Closer to touching the sky
Going higher and higher, I see the horizon
Now I know how to, now I know how to fly
Now I know how to, now I know how to fly
Now I know how to, yeah, I know how to fly
Now I know how to, yeah, I know how to fly
Now I know how to, now I know how to fly
Now I know how to, now I know how to fly

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