Secretary for a Day

Secretary for a Day is an exciting opportunity for high school students to come together from across the state to learn about the workings of the department, and through workshops and conversations, explore the Education Week theme.

About Secretary for a Day

Over two days in Sydney, students will learn about the workings of the department and be part of teams to workshop key projects with the NSW Department of Education senior executive through a student voice engagement experience.

There will be opportunities for students to share their insights and experiences in facilitated conversations, and to contribute their ideas in co-design workshops with their peers and with senior executives of the department.

Video – Secretary for a Day 2018 Highlights

Duration – 1:29

Transcript for Secretary for a Day 2018 Highlights.

What to expect

In the lead-up to Education Week, the selected students will participate in two pre-event video conferences and local school-based activities, in preparation for Secretary for a Day activities.

During Education Week, the students will spend two days at the department’s Phillip Street office in Parramatta and be invited to stay overnight in supervised accommodation in Sydney. The students will participate in workshops and forum discussions, sharing their insights and experiences and connecting with like-minded students.

A feature of this year’s event will be the student voice engagement experience, when students will join teams and partner with senior executive and leaders to workshop key NSW Department of Education projects.

After Secretary for a Day, the post-event activities will support students to continue discussions and collaborate via video-conference and online chat forums. They will be encouraged to share and develop their learnings through follow-up activities with their school community during Terms 3 and 4.

Video – What surprised you about Secretary for a Day?

Duration – 00:45

Transcript for What surprised you about Secretary for a Day?.

Who is this for?

Secretary for a Day is a free program. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 attending a NSW public school are encouraged to apply.

Please note that support is available for students who may need assistance to access this program. Contact us if you would like to know more. Email student.leadership@det.nsw.edu.au

How to apply

Students should complete an expression of interest (EOI) form (DOCX 138.44KB) and return it to their school principal for their endorsement.

Each school may submit up to two EOIs. All applications will be considered for Secretary for a Day as well as local Executive Officer for a Day opportunities where available.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 May 2019

Successful applicants will be notified early in Term 2.

Video – Should I apply for Secretary for a Day?

Duration – 00:37

Transcript for Should I apply for Secretary for a Day?.

What the 2018 participants had to say

Here's a selection of quotes from our student participants from the 2018 Secretary for a Day:

'Take this opportunity with both hands if you get this application – please!'

'Loved meeting a cohort of students who were interested in real-world issues, and were simultaneously passionate about public education like me.'

'Helped me improve on public speaking and my own personal confidence.'

'I am really grateful for the opportunity to meet so many influential people in public education who listened to us – and inspiring fellow students.'

'Such a great leadership experience. I’ll definitely be bringing back some of the ideas we’ve talked about to my school.'

'Because we are the future generation and we have such an important voice to be heard.'

Our 2019 participants

During Education Week 2019 we’re honoured to welcome secondary school students from across New South Wales to the department’s state office for this year’s Secretary for a Day.

As part of the Secretary for a Day program, the students will be working with teams across the department on key projects.

Welcome to:

First name Family name School

Aanisah

Faizaan

Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

Abdelaziz

Dahshan

Bathurst High Campus Denison College

Akash

Biradar

Endeavour Sports High School

Amber

Kidd

Lambton High School

Angelina

Lemoto

Murrumbidgee Regional High School

Anika

Kuba

The Ponds High School

Annabelle

Shannon

Coonabarabran High School

Asmi

Mitra

Northmead Creative & Performing Arts High School

Ben

Neville

Eden Marine High School

Breanna

Craig

Elderslie High School

Chelsea

Webb

Mount View High School

Connor

Burke

Jamison High School

David

Felton

Cherrybrook Technology High School

Elka

Devney

Moree Secondary College

Ella

Munnings

Quakers Hill High School

Ella

Pringle

Armidale Secondary College

Ella

Warrall

Newcastle High School

Emy

Liao

Merewether High School

Francesca

Smith

Hurlstone Agricultural HS

Heyli

Chan

Beverly Hills Girls High School

Iesha

Apthorpe

Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus

Jacob

Keledjian

Randwick Boys' High School

Jaida

Conway

Alexandria Park Community School

James

Dawes

Katoomba High School

Jessica

Vu

South Sydney High School

Kai

Slatts

Concord HS

Kathleen

Trieu

St Johns Park High School

Lachlan

Eshman

Coonabarabran High School

Levin

Shillam

South Grafton High School

Liam

Snell

Coffs Harbour HS

Lina

Amoor

Moorebank High School

Lorraine

Varghese

Macquarie Fields High School

Maria

Tynan

Leeton High School

Meg

Marsden

Finley High School

Peter

Gleeson

Elizabeth Macarthur High School

Rohan

Patil

Ryde Secondary College

Sarah

Edwards

Cootamundra High School

Sophia

Higgs

Asquith Girls High School

Tegan

Jenkins

Lake Munmorah High School

Tessa

Baldock

Figtree High School

Thomas

Lloyd

Orange High School

Trent

Bell

Rutherford Technology High School

Many thanks

Thank you to the following business units for joining this program:

  • Corporate Services (Corporate Finance)
  • Educational Services  (Learning and Business Systems and CESE)
  • Educational Services (Business Systems - Strategic Partnerships and Engagement)
  • Educational Services (Learning and Business Systems)
  • Educational Services (Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships – Psychology and Wellbeing)
  • Educational Services (Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships – Behaviour Services)
  • External Affairs and Regulations (External Relations Policy)
  • School Infrastructure NSW (Sustainability)
  • School Operations and Performance (Metropolitan North Operational Directorate)
  • School Operations and Performance (Regional South Operational Directorate)

Need more information?

Contact Student.Leadership@det.nsw.edu.au for more details.

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