Solid foundations for success
PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS
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.