Students of the Northern Beaches Encouraged to Speak Up

Member for Manly James Griffin has welcomed the theme for the 65th Education Week, ‘Every Student and Every Voice’.

Mr Griffin said the theme will encourage student’s right across the Northern Beaches to feel informed, empowered and supported in their ambitions and opinions.

“It is so important for children in our region to feel as though they can speak up about what they’re passionate about; we want them to become informed and engaged global citizens,” Mr Griffin said.

“Reminding students that they have a voice, are valued and are cared for will give them a sense of purpose that will prepare them to be engaged citizens in a dynamic society.

“It is so important we instil these values in our children when they are at school; investing in them is an investment in our future and we are giving them the opportunity to shape the world.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is investing more than ever before in the Education system.

“We are investing an unprecedented amount in NSW Education at the moment, and I am thrilled to be part of a Government providing incredible pathways and opportunities for student’s right across NSW,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This is more than just bricks and mortar; this is about lifting academic performance and making sure children are reaching their full potential at school.”

The NSW Government is rolling out a number of unprecedented initiatives currently, including:

  • An expanded Bump it Up program, which is providing all schools in NSW with expanded targets in attendance, wellbeing, equity, numeracy and literacy;
  • A $120 million program to ensure parents in NSW have access to before and After School Care for their child;
  • Delivering 190 new and upgraded schools through a $6.7 billion investment;
  • A new High Potential and Gifted program to identify students who will benefit from being challenged in areas where they show talent.

Education Week will celebrate the achievements of public schools, their students, staff and communities. Public schools across the State will hold showcase events for their communities. Among the events planned are open days, special assemblies, performances and principals swapping schools.