EDUCATION WEEK | Schools celebrate public education

Schools across Fairfield celebrated Education Week in style this week with a range of events to communicate the achievements of public schools, their students and the value of public education.

Education Minister Rob Stokes joined Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies for celebrations at Cecil Hills Public School on Monday meeting with students and teachers.

Education Minister Rob Stokes and Mulgoa  MP Tanya Davies at Cecil Hills Public School on Monday.

Education Minister Rob Stokes and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies at Cecil Hills Public School on Monday.

The pair observed a year 3 science, technology, engineering and maths lesson, a kindergarten class and a multi-categorical class for students with special needs. 

“I commend the students and staff at Cecil Hills Public School for the tireless work they do every day for the betterment of our local community,” Mrs Davies said.

Mr Stokes said it was vital to equip students and schools for a rapidly changing world. Cecil Hills Public School will soon benefit from a major upgrade that will deliver 15 new classrooms and allow the school to accommodate an extra 160 students, with construction set to begin later this year.

“We want our children to succeed now and into the future, and we are working hard to provide the resources they need to thrive,” Mr Stokes said.

At Bossley Park Public School, they used Education Week to officially launch their new mural which has the school’s motto “tolerance” as the focal point. The mural was completed by 13 refugee pupils with the shapes compiled from individual works of abstract art that the boys worked on.

It was part of a busy day of celebrations which started by inviting parents into the classrooms and the hall to see the art exhibition completed by all classes.

Parents could also see kindergarten pupils using robots and year 3 students coding on iPads. 

The day concluded with a multicultural lunch and a parade which included  Assyrian dancing, a Spanish dance and play and a dance by refugee pupils. Students from each class also walked around with the flag of the country they were studying as part of the parade.

  • Education Week runs from August 6 to 10 and the 2018 theme is: ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world’ to highlight how NSW public schools equip young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in the future.