Solid foun­da­tions for suc­cess

PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

FROM judges to tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ists, Os­car win­ners, artists, Olympic medal­lists, politi­cians, med­i­cal re­searchers, co­me­di­ans and for­mer prime min­is­ters, there are count­less em­i­nent cit­i­zens whose ca­reers were shaped at a NSW public school.

To celebrate, Ed­u­ca­tion Week 2015 is high­light­ing the suc­cess of public school grad­u­ates.

In line with the theme Cel­e­brat­ing Lo­cal He­roes, schools across the state are be­ing en­cour­aged to celebrate the achieve­ments of their alumni.

The week be­gins on July 27 with the launch at Jan­nali High School.

Guest speak­ers will in­clude Stu Wal­lace, Deputy News Di­rec­tor for Net­work Seven and a grad­u­ate of the host school, NSW Gover­nor David Hur­ley, an alum­nus of Port Kem­bla Public School and High School, and Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Sci­p­i­one, who grad­u­ated from Sir Joseph Banks High School in Revesby.

Aca­demic, hu­man rights cam­paigner and for­mer High Court Jus­tice Michael Kirby has long been an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of public ed­u­ca­tion.

Jus­tice Kirby, who at­tended North Strath­field Public School, Sum­mer Hill Public School and Fort Street High School, said: “Like 70 per cent of fel­low Aus­tralians of my age, I re­ceived my en­tire ed­u­ca­tion in public schools.

“I’m very proud of my public school ed­u­ca­tion and the thing I like best about public schools is that ev­ery­one is in them – the chil­dren of the rich, the chil­dren of the poor and the chil­dren like me who were in be­tween some­where.

“We were all there to­gether, as even­tu­ally we would be in Aus­tralian so­ci­ety ... I love my public schools and I’ll never cease to speak up for them.”

Twenty cur­rent stu­dents from Years 9, 10 and 11 will get a taste of life in the up­per ech­e­lons of the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion as part of the Sec­re­tary for a Day pro­gram.

The pro­gram, a core com­po­nent of Ed­u­ca­tion Week, pro­vides tal­ented stu­dents with first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing as a se­nior man­ager in the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, in­clud­ing the chal­lenges and how ed­u­ca­tional pol­icy re­lates to schools.

The stu­dents will shadow of­fi­cers in roles as di­verse as Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Learn­ing and Busi­ness Sys­tems and Di­rec­tor, Pol­icy, Plan­ning and Re­port­ing.

Through­out the week, par­ents, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity mem­bers can join in ac­tiv­i­ties and events show­cas­ing the qual­ity and di­ver­sity of ed­u­ca­tion across NSW.

Events in­clude work­shops, sam­ple lessons, school en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives, com­mu­nity projects, demon­stra­tions and award pre­sen­ta­tions.

For­mer High Court Jus­tice Michael Kirby is proud of his public ed­u­ca­tion.

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