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The launch of Education Week

Premier highlights the value of public education

Kiama and Parramatta public schools hosted the launch of Education Week today. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, with (from left): Education Minister Rob Stokes; State Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee; Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott; student performers and comperes, and the Principal of Parramatta Public School, Gail Charlier (far right). Public education can be the springboard to the top job in New South Wales. That was the message from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, as she launched Education Week celebrations today at... Read more

Education Week starts on 6 August 2018

Education Week 2018 - Today's schools creating tomorrow's world

The future of education will be showcased in NSW public schools from August 6 – 10 as students, teachers and parents across the state celebrate Education Week 2018. Education Week kicks off on Monday, August 6, with a simultaneous launch at Parramatta and Kiama public schools livestreamed on YouTube so all government schools and their communities can join in. This year's theme, 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... Read more

Students from Condell Park Public School

New uniform policy for NSW public schools

A new uniform policy has been introduced for NSW public schools, which for the first time include the option for girls to wear shorts and pants. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the new "clear and concise" policy today at Condell Park Public School in Sydney. Ms Berejiklian said the "modern makeover" would ensure that uniforms were practical and comfortable for students and affordable for parents. The new policy says all students should have the opportunity to access the full range of... Read more

Craig Reucassel

Public schools building great Australian lives

The Public Education Foundation has launched a new campaign promoting the importance of public schools to the community. The online campaign helps raise awareness and instil confidence in parents and the community that our public schools provide a vibrant, inclusive and high quality education to all Australians. The videos feature three famous Australians who credit their public education for equipping them with the skills and values that have enabled them to go on and make great contributions to society. David Hetherington, executive director... Read more

Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

Professor John Buchanan speaking

Report shows pathways to success in brave new world

Schools will need to open their doors to stronger relationships with employers and workplaces if students are to thrive in a future world rich with artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies. The finding is contained in a report, 'Preparing for the best and worst of times', commissioned by the NSW Department of Education to examine the skills Australia's children will need as AI and other technologies "transform Australia's economy, the workplace and the community". "This report reflects the NSW Department of Education's commitment... Read more

The successful team of students

Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more

Hannah at Hazelhurst

Congratulations Hannah!

Art Rules - Congratulations Hannah! Congratulations to Hannah Meldrum who was accepted into the Art Rules Exhibition at Hazelhurst Gallery. Hannah has worked exceptionally well over her HSC year, creating an excellent series of photographs. Hannah's Body of Work will be exhibited on the 8th of December.... Read more

Bring Your own Device 2018

Heathcote High School is encouraging students to bring their own computing device to school each day. Current Year 6 going into Year 7 at Heathcote High School are required to bring a computing device to school in 2018. Currently Heathcote High is BYOD in Years 7 and 8 which will become Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2018. Students can select from a range of devices which includes Windows 10 laptops, Macbooks and Chromebooks. It is essential that the devices are not too large and a device with 10 to 11 inch screen is recommended. The device must support... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Mrs Wallace studying drone technology

HHS Teacher Studies Drone Technology in the US

Mrs Wallace-Massone's Study Tour of the US HHS Technology teacher, Mrs Wallace-Massone has been keeping a blog to record her Tour of the USA after winning the 2017 Premier's Teachers Mutual Bank New and Emerging Technologies Scholarship.. The focus of her study is to research STEM and drones to improve outcomes for girls. She has been researching how industry linkage with schools can bring results for all stakeholders. A link to her blog is below: UAV Study Tour... Read more

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Lewis Wins the u/14s Water Polo in Albury

Congratulations to Lewis McKenzie-Hicks (Yr9) who won the Australian U/14 Water Polo Championships which was in Albury during the recent school holidays! Well done Lewis!... Read more

swimming relay results

HHS Girls Win Silver Medal!

Silver Medal at NSWCHS Swimming The Heathcote HS under 14 girls relay team have won the SILVER medal at NSWCHS Swimming today! Congratulations to all the girls on their outstanding success!... Read more

Science show

The HHS Science Show

Science Shows 2017 On Wednesday 8th March, the students from Heathcote East Primary School visited Heathcote High School for the HHS Science Show. On the day, we ran two shows, one for K-3 students and the other for Years 4-6. Science teacher, Mr Geoff Thorncarft, runs these hour-long demonstrations that are based on the science of Liquid Nitrogen, one of the coldest substances known. Students explored changes of state and how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled. Expansion, contraction and air pressure were also... Read more

Heathcote East students learn science at HHS

Heathcote East Students Visit HHS

Heathcote East Primary Students Earn their Bunsen Burner Licence On Wednesday 15th March, Stage 3 students from Heathcote East Public School experienced high school science by visiting our laboratories for some hands-on activities. Science teacher, Mr Neill Dorrington, guided students as they learned about the Bunsen burner and how to light and use it correctly. Our young scientists successfully gained their Bunsen burner licence, which was presented to each student by Mr Waser. Students then experimentally solved the problem "Can Water be... Read more

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