>>Good morning, ladies and gentlen, boys and girls and welcome to theaunch of the NSW blic Schools launch for Education Week. Myame is Grace Gower, I’mn Year 12 and the school captain of theubbo College Senior Campus.>>DAVID WOODS: I’m Did Woods and also in Year 12 d the school captain of Dubbo CollegSenior Campus. We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to many of the stands, staff, community family.>>Thank you, grace and David. My name is Elizabeth Braid and I’m a Year 4 student St Mary’s North Public School.>>My name is Chloe Zrebiec and I A inear 9 at Chifley College Dunhevedampus. We want to celebrate how NSW public schools are equipping young people wi the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a pid changing world.>>We have some very special guestsoing us today and we ask you all to please stand, silently, as they entethe auditorium. In Sydney, we would like to weome, the Honourableladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW.>>The Honourable Melinda McIntosh MP, Federal member for Lindsay. Mark Scott AO, the NSW Department of Education Secretary.>>Glenn King, Secretary, NSW Department of Customer Service Commission.>>Thehan Prue Car MP, State member for Lonnderry.>>Cr Ross Fowl,en City Councillor Mayor>>Mrs Parrello, Principal of St Mary’s North Public School.>>In Dubbo, we welcome the Honourable Sarah Mitell, Minister for Education.>>Mr Dugald Saunders, MP, meer for the Dubbo electorate.>>Senator Ben Shields, Mayor of the Dubbo City Council. Director School Performance – Rural and South West.>>Andrew Jones, Executive Principal, Dubbo College.>>Marisha Bianco, relieving Principal Dubbo College Senior Campus.>>Debbie Head, Principal Dubbo College, Delroy Campus.>>Linda Macod, Principal, Dubbo College, South Campus.>>Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Pleaseemain standing for the acowledgement of country, delivered by Quincy Ross and Skye Crawford from Dubbo Coege Seni Campus. Joining them wi be the Yu Yang Galang Indigenous Dance Group, and didgeridoo players Campus.bbo College, Droy rein standing for the national antm, performed by Karl van Wel, Year 8 student from Newto High School of thPerforming Arts. At just 14 yea of age, Karl is a young, and comin peormer, piast and singer, and has recely been selected perform as a Featured Artist in the 2019 Schools SpectacularSpectacular. t first, the Acknowledgmt of Country.>>Hello and good emergency. I’m a proud Barkindji woman. I’m currently studying Year 11 at Dubbo College Senior Campus.>>Hello and good morning, my name is incy Ross. I am a proud Thubbagah man from the Wiradjuri Nation. I am currently studying Year 12 here at at the Senior Campus. We are very honoured to be giving the anowledge. Of country — Acknowledgme of Country. (SPEAKING IN WIRADJURI LANGUAGE)>>We would like to open today with an Acknowledgement to the traditional Owners of thicountry on which we meet. The Old People from pa, present and, particularly, the keepers of the knowledge ofhe land and place – the owledge that sustains the identities, health, cultures an cmunities into the future. We acknowledge that this is traditional knowledge, that this knowledge haslways been dynamic a evolving, and continues to transform to meet the challees of a changing rld.>>Acknowledging country and First Peoples in this way is an important protocol t it means so much more if you understand the country you are standing on. To genuine understand country, you need to know the significance of place. The ople of place. The stories of that place.>>Theckwledgment has many different concep. It’s aut recognise and respecting the Aboriginal people from an area or cntry where you are at the time, their culture, spirit, ancestors and more.>>So on behalf of the Department of Education, New SoutWales, we would like to formally acknowledge the Thubbagah people of the Wiradjuri Nation and to the Wianatta peopl from the Darug Country, which is where the St Mary’s North Public School, the other side for the Education Week launch is located, Sydney.>>We would also like to ago knowledge the work you all do to sustain our continuity of knowledge both inside and outside the classrm. Skye and I would likeo pay our respects to both elders past an present and hope the rest of the day here is spent safe and happy. Mandaang Guwu. Thank you.>>So he or she comes down to show what he or she has got. This is Morungaly. all let us rejoic # For we are yng and free and wealth for toil # r home is girt by sea # Our land abounds in nature’s gifts # Of beauty rich and rare # In history’s page let every ste # vance Australia fair # Inoyful stins then l us sing # Advance Auralia fair #>>Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated.>>Welco, we’re your Education Week hosts. One-in-four students idtify as Aboriginal and this year we’re proudly celebrating 60ears of education.>>We’re connected to our land and environment.>>And our culture! (Playing didgeridoo)>>We play music every day because there’s Australia Chamber Orchestra, we love it.>>Here at Dubbo College we have three campuses, and last year we celebrated 100ears of high school education i Dubbo.>>Depth is one of our biggest drawcards. It is part of our passion and HSC.>>We’re mentored on how to set goalan develop practical strategies on how to achieve them.>>Lesso aren’t limited to justhe classroom. Out here we fence, mark sheep and cattle, and operate tracrs and basic machinery.>>ALL: Thks for coming!>>It is now my great pleasure to invite tohe Sydney stage, the Premier of NSW, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, to deliver the official welce the 2019 NSW Public Schools Education Week celebrations.>>(APPLAUSE)>>Thank you. Good morning, everybody, and I am so excited to be here. Can I, firstly, thank Skye and Quincy for that wonderful Welcomeo Country and also start by acknowledging the traditional custodians on the lands on which we stand and pay our respects to the elders past, present and emerging. I thank Karl for that wonderful of the Australian anthem. Education We is all about acowledging students are our future, they’re what the our state and our nation. ucion Week for me is a very special time. It is a time whe we remember how important it is to make sure that every child, wth they’re at St Mary’s North Public School or Dubbo College, has the chance to be their best. I want to take this opportuny to thank students and teachers and staff at both these hools r official launching ucation Week. Can we give the two schools a round of applause. (APPLAUSE)>>But we know tse schools rely make a differenceut representhe 2,200 publ schos across the state. When was the age of some of the students that welcomed us here today, I wasn’t to North Ryde Public School and then North Ryde High School. I know theenefs of receive aghigh quality public education. Education is not just out celebrating students but what do we need or our students rely on – fantasticeachers and principals. What ipires me by visiting schools across the state is the number of inspiring teachers and principals who make a difference to the educatiol ouomes here in NSW. I want to stss we’re a Government – I want to acknowledge Minister Mitchell in Dubbo, hell – because as a team, as a governmentwee here to support our schools, no matter whe they are. Education Week is not just about cebrating student outcomes but also for me, as the Premier of NSW, I need to think about what more eed to do to make sure our schools are the best on the planet. I’ve been very heartily reivedhis morning. I want to thank all the schools particatg in launching Education Week today. It gives us a chance to focus onhat we’re doing well and what are the other things we’d like to do in the future. It also focuses on making sur every student has aoice. I knowledge this year’s theme about making students feel confident and empered to speak up and to be part of the broar community. Soladies and gentlemen, can I thank the many distinguished guests here today including the federal and state members of Parliament, to Mark Scott, the Head of the Education Department. But across the state, to all the principals and teacrs, and P & Cs that are the beating heart of our school communities – without u, we wouldn’t hava successful Education Week and we wouldn’t haveundreds of thousands of students being insred each and every day. I feel inspired, as your Premier, to work even harder to acknoedge all the fantastic things that you are doing on behalf of the people of this state, but also think about what I can do to assist you in making sure that not only are o schools the best in the state or e nation but the best in the world. So, Happy Education Week, and thank you so much for having me here this morni. Thank you, everybody. (APPLAUSE) Thank you,remier. Your support acknowledge it is high standing in which public education is held in ts state and the fine work which achers and other staff at more than 2,200 public sools across NSW.>>Our next performance will be live on the Sydnestage. The St Mary’s North Puic SchoolString Ensemble s recently enjoyed a partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra to benit some of the youngest students from the school.>>This morning, the students will be performing Singing In The Playground with members of the ACO. Nolet’s take a look at the impacts of this program.>>Music opens doo and I think it certainlyrovides them with a world that they might not have ever taken part in. We do have a high level of low-socioeconomic advante. We see about 70% of our students sitting in the bottom quartile.>>I was fortunate to have this interaction with musical tuition that led me to the way I am. We have ts elevated platform. If we don’t give back to society, I think it’s It’s a civic duty to provide kidshis access.>>The Prime Minister is — the program is really, at its playing program, where we’re using the mechanics of the string playing to devep other core principles. They come in everyorning, for 15 minutes and it ensures the work happening in the music lessons integrated with everything they do in the cuiculum.>>No-one miralous conceives a sound on the violin. Imdiately, you’re dealing with hard work, grit and turning imagination into a reality. students couldarticipate in a program like this, starting early th daily practice and continuing on fomany yrs, at it’s actually going to have far-reaching other benefits for these kids.>>What we’ve seen in this little group of Year 1 students is we now have a group oftudents who are attending school in far higher numbers than the rest of the school population. Itas improved their executive functioning, their working memory, their self-regulation and we’reee that in the classroom.>>Some of the children didn’t know wt the cello or a violin was or what it looked like. It has been an honour to see how the kids have gwn.>>Noah is a ball of life but quite often can’t sit school. For him to recognise there is a time and a place where we ed to be composed is reall lovely. I’m so proud of him, and I know he is so proud of himself. All these kids, when they play togetherthey just sound like magic. It beautiful.>>That’s what teachers look for – the magic. (PERFORM ING SINGING IN THE PLAYGROUND) (APPLAUSE) but school taught me how totle not be shy and what can lp you to get away from your fears of seeing new people.>>My favourite thing to do out here is play withy other’s dog Frankie.>>You get to look outside the window and you can see your rses.>>School of the Air is when kids live on stations, communicatever the air on computers and technology.>>Weave a special computer that connects to t teacher’s satellite, which helps us learn.>>It’s really different to town school because you don’ have your teacher the whole time.>>You don’t see your friends, sot’s more exciting en you do see them.>>For me, school is mostly a school camp when everyone gets together and meet up and do lots of activities. Also the parents come toee what’s happening, and you also to get to camp in a tent.>>It’s important because you get to talk to your friends and your teachers faceo-face, t you also learn about particular things thatelps you in the future.>>The Schooof the Air is a way for children to come together.>>GRACE GOWER: This launch is an incredible showkiss of the talented students and the amazing teachers throughout NSW publicchools>>DAVID WOODS: I would now like to welcome to the stage, the Mister for Education, the Honourle Sarah Mitchell. (APPLAUSE)>>hank you and good rning, everybody. Let me begin by acknowledging e traditional custodns of the land on which we meet, here in Dubbo, the people o the Wurundjuri Nation and, to elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to allboriginal leaders today. Thanyou to Quincy and Skye for your welcome. To hear you speak in your local Indigenous languageas heartwarmi and inspiring, thank you. you celebrating the start ofth Educatn Week. Hi to everyone in St Mary’s North Public School. It is wonderful to do this to this in the regionsnd t city. Special congratulations to the St Mary’s North Public School String Ensemble andhe Australian Chamber Orchestra It is cleay a wonderful prram. When I see a collaboration like that it is so important and it is wonderl to see how communitys building our public schools tinspire, and how our schools inspire and private opportunities that they — provide opportunities they might not normally be able to access. I’m so thiso be the for Ed — thrilled toe the Minister for Education, I think I have the best job out of my colleagues, because there is so many exciting things happening across NSW. This year’s theme, Ery listening, valuing andis about encouraging our students’ ideas and opinions. So, students, I want to talk to you a little bit now because I want you to know how important it is for us as a vernment to be investing in your education. Because you’re our future. You’re our future doctors, teachers, lawyers and rmers and we need to make sure that you have the best educati possible to be all that you can be. That’s something that we are absolutely dedicated to achieving with you and your teachers, and those who are supporting you inour schools and your We’re investing in you inany ways our billions of dollars going into school infrastructure upgrad, which means lots of new, innovative learning spaces for you and teachers. The expansion of our Ramp it uprogram, rtainly for me as Minister, I know it is important that you’re happy and healthy in your school communities because we know that can impact your education. A lot of the work we’re doing is putting you at the centre, making sure your voices are heard. I think that’s important. We know that the best way f you to have a great sta in life is to have a great education. As the Premier said, we also ne to support your teachers, who do a wonderful job with you every day. Lots of ways we can do that, through professional development, more support for th, helping to reduce their workload, which I’m sure the teachers will be happy about as well. I have t s, beg here in Dubbo and being a regional student self – proud former student of Gunnedah Public and Gunnedah Hh – it is important we recogniseow tough people have been doing in the drought. As many know, this drought is unprecedented. No matter how hard we t i does continue to affect many aspects of our local communits but one the thing that’s important is to maintain sustain stability and consistency for our students in the regional schools. Particularly in certain parts of the state where we know our families may he to leave and we don’t want that to affect our teacher nbers>>I’m pleased to share with you all today at the start of Education Week thaour Government will continue to maintain the current teacher numbers in hundreds of our regional schools that are worst-affected by the drought for the next 18 months. We’re dointhis because we wanto support our regional communities. We’rnot going to walk away from our drought-affted towns and communities. We want to make sure that every student continues to have a voice in their regional schools. Finally, can I just say that I’m so excited for all of the many activities that we have during Education Week. Obviously the launch today is just t start of it. There’s fantastic events haening at all of our schools, right across the state. I can’tait to see how our there ye’s theme to life.ng Congratulations to erybo involved in the unch today. I’m excited for the week ahd. I hope you all have a wondful Education Week 2019. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thankou, Minister. Jorja, our next performer, los all gees of music from couny to jazz and as hay tended So loll Vocal Camp and the State Muc Camp – all programs run by the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. a Year 10 student from theton, Hillston Centralchool to the Dubbo stage, to perform Gold, an original piece, written by e talented Jorja herself.>>#Iet you’re looking at theirro#sring at yourself and wdeng what you’re going to be #do you want to run that oice in the city or a small town family #do a couple of years with your head in the books #or maybe he overseas ou can anything you want to do #be anyone you want to be #and it feels like you’ve gotten alright now #but girl take your time to breathe in and breathout #just lift your head up and smile and remember you’re not alone #I’ll stay for a while, I’ll be right by your side #don’t be so hard o yourself #you’ve got nothing to be afraid of #don’tut heart on the shelf #when you can show them you’re def gold. #show them that you’re made of gold. #I bet you’re thinking that you’re the only one in this world who’s got thoughts. #but if you lk ound, yoll realise that you’re leaving everybody in awe. #you cry sometimes becauseou feel like life is never going your way. #but if you wk real hard and foll your dreams, everything will fall into place. #and it feels ke you’ve gotten alright now. #but girl take your time to breathe in and breathe out. Just # lift your head up and smile and remember you’re not alone. #I’ll stay for a while, I’ll be right by yo side. #Don be so hard on yourself, you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. #Don’t put your heart on a that you’re made of gold.em #Show them you’re made of gold. #I know it see so hard to believe but whatever you’re feeling, don’t conceal it. #jt lift your head up and smile and remember you’re not alone. #I’lstay for a while. #just lift youhead up and smile and remember that you’re not alone. #I’ll stay for a while, I’ll be right by your side. #don’t be so hard on yourself, you’ve got nothing to be raid of. #don’t put your heart on your that you’re madef gold. them #show them that you’re made of gold. #show ’em that you’re made of gold – oh – oh – oh. #show them that you’re made of gold. PPLAUSE)>>Thank y so much. (SPEAKING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE) speaking aongue language gives me a voice and makes me proud to be an Aboriginal voice.>>The concept of kids connecting to country. You can take the kids out, introduce them to a variety of bush tucker. The Aboriginal students have definitely embraced thei identity. We also have t non-Aboriginal kids wanting to learn more of the language and they connect.>>These kids, black and white, just rolling this langge off their tongue, and it’s the most beautiful, pretest sound I’m hearing. I said, “Guys, if you only knew what joy I’m hearing.”>>That’s the environment I try to create in my classes. Everyone has a voice in my room.>>When they go back into school and face education and sit with other kids in class, they can know o they are and be proud of who they are. Educion Week theme, Ever Student, Every Voice, a empowerment and how the NSW publicducati system gives students the skills they need in order to have an expressive voice during their own educational journey and as engaged global citizens.>>I now welcome – next we ll hear from Samantha rton, a Year 12 student from opportunity — student from Tumut High School, to share her voice about education in NSW public schools. ease welcome her to the Dubbo stage.>>Good rning, here 2019 Ie never had a greatk appearance f the last 13 all around the state.chools I ha attended public schools in both Sydney and regiol areas. Now at Tumut High School, I’m set to undertake my HSC in a matter of months. A quality education has been the k for me,s it is for many others. To imnumerabble portunities, and, thankfully, we in NSW are fortunate enough to be supplied with a fineet of keys for unlking all the doors the future. I’ve been a lover of schl since my very first day of kindergarten and I can aure you that school isn’t just where we begin the lifelong learning journeys that make each of us who we are today. It’s also where as individuals, we first learn the power of our own unique voices. Through my years at school, I am extremely grateful to have come into contact with so many of these unique voices, from all acrosshe state. In reflection, I find myself markedly moved and shaped by the broad range of formidable characters I have met and although certain voices – those of the school mates who have become dr friends, and the teachers who I have worked larger re in enriching myd a lifeI know that even the voices I cross paths with for ju mere monts have moulded me into the individual I am today. As a student, the power of the voice is immeasurable. As we cultivate it first in the school yard and then employ its force in the wider rld. Your voice need not necessarily be the loudest, noro you need to be heard l the time In fact,aking the time to listen and understand others is jus as crucial to authenticay developing your voice. Whilst you may think you need to strike for change withach asuch potential in using st your voi to support others, promote empathy, encourage kindness, and ltate feelings of optimism. Here iwhere you find your real power. Whilst students are at the centre of education, this week is not complete without a celebration the teachs who help us grow and strive, relishing with us in our big d little succees as individuals. I am immensely appreciative of the heart and soul that the teachers at my school pour into their work. I see mpares, both teachers themselves, pour tireless hours into the profession that they are so passionate aut, with a genuine dire to work collaboratively with all their students and help them to be heard. But I know that some students, rticularly those in the state’s smaller schools, the rul and remote schools, feel as if they and their school go unnoticed. For us, positioned just a b further from the stage, getting to the microphone so that our voice rings out loud and cleacan be that little more difficult. But, as I hope I am demonstrating here in Dubbo, as this week intends to demonstrate, what we have to say tters. world, there is no lit total contribution and collaboration, as that is what enriches us all. the state, I rterate: Whenound we say Every Student, Every Voice, we really mean it, and we mean you. Your words can move mountas. If we listen to each other, the is no limit to what we can achieve. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>We are educated and we are informed.>>Students at St Mary’s North Public School recently participated in a slam poetry workshop. This workshop, developed by the NSW Department of Education with the Literary Arts Oanisatio Wor Travels, allow students at the school to develop their art of slam etry and develop and create a spoken word performance which was showcase. at their school>>Tyler Price, 10 years old and in Year 5 and Amalia Bradney, 11 years-year-old and in Year 6, both from SMary’s North Public School, will now share us with their slam poetry performance. We cross back live to Sydney with this is who I am. This is what Im, my scol, my neighbour>>We acknowledge t da rig.>>Hey, that’s me All – we see.nd more. That’s a mixture of Maltese, Syrian, Arabic – that’s me – Samoan. A cup of tea. What can be more Aussithan a cuppa.>>I am all about that all you (LAUGHS)leagues club buffet.>>This is who I am.>>Where I’m from.>>My school.>>My… BOTH: Neighbourhood.>>It’s community neighbouood.>>With making glitter slime.>>Is like jumping in the park with the kgaroos.>>of a bushwalker.>>This is my neighbourhood, where I’m from.>>Our school is a rainbow mosaic, filleded with colourful teachers and kids. Everody, repeat after us, “Letvery student, every voice, be heard.” Happy ucation Week. (APPLAE)>>In celebration of Education Week, 2018 the department launched an exciting initiative called The Game Changer challenger – a 3-day compensation for 16 schools from across NSW, where they learnt about, and used, designed thinking to solve a al world problem. Due to its overwhelming success, thehallenge is back and bigger than ever in 2019. My name is Caleb Ch and I’m in Year 6. My school h entered this year’s challenge and progressed through to the finals which I think is pretty school. This year, teams were faced with a question – w might we humanise technology?>>My name is Ella Colville in 2011. My team was lucky enough to be selected, which posed the question, “What will a school of theuture looked like.” We cate advideo submission nexttage of the challenge. During the 3-day wkshop we worked with dustry experts to delop our design thinking and new skills like teamwork, critical and creative thinking all in order to create our pitch for the final day. My team’s pitch was a virtual developed and m demonstratedts — and demonstrated ethical and moral capabilities for a better world. Since I have been able to utise my skills from the chlenge in many situations both within and outside the clasoom and I know I’ll continue to do so in the future. Let’take a look at what the 2019 challenge is all about.>>In response to this year’s question, myeam created a watch that could counicate with other people and facilities around the school, including our buddy bench, where the watches would match mpatible students to hp create friendships a support one another. Our team also worked together on the video submission and used mixed reality and green screens to bring our ideas to life. My team is super excited to participate in The Game Changer challenger this year. We even get to go to Google HQ – wow!>>From today, teams will converge at Parramatta to begin the 2019 challenge. This year another new team from Hillston Central School will also participate. I wish them, Caleb’s team and all the participating teams the best of luck. I hope theirxperience is as rewarding for them as it was for me. We hope that in 2020 your school will participated in The Game Game Challenger. It’s awesome. (APPLAUSE)>>We are educed and w are involved. All the learning that we do at school, it helps us to express ouelves.>>Would you n pleasjoin the Secretary of NSW stage, Department of Education, Mark Scott, to deliver his closing remarks. (APPUSE) Well, ladies and gentlemen, what an exciting hour we’ve had together as we’ve been preparing and celebrating the start of Education Week. I want to thank the Premier anour guests here in at StMary’s Northand want to thank the Minister for Education and our distinguished guests out at Dubbo. Thank you all for being part of this extraordinary event today. I want to thank t Australian Chamber Orchestra for this innotive program we have here at StMary’s North. I want tthank the Arts Unit, who’ve done all the wk here with the schools at Mary’s and at Dubbo to prepare r this wderful celebration for EducatioWeek. A particular thanks to our principals here and at Dubbo for opening up their doors for all ofs to come a you here. Education Week with>>Lads and gtlemen, this year, we’re cebrating Every Student, Every Voice and it’s woerful to come to an event like this that showcases all the very best we have i public education. But I think the great achievement of public education isn’t that we can put a wonderful program on like we’ve been able to do today or have a special wk of celebration, as we have in Education Wk, but it’s what’s happening in our schools every day. We have a commitment in NSW Public Education tt every student, every teacher, we leader, every school improves every year. We have a commitment in public education that if you send your child to a NSW public school, your child will be known, valued a cared for in our schools. And so the great macle of public education isn’t just great showcase events like today – it’s the miracle that happens every day, with young people engaged in learning and on a pathway to fulfil all their potential and to ball that they can be. So I want to thank the hosts of tay’s great celebration. I want to thank the students who’ve showcased their wonderful tale. I wa to thank the teachers o’ve supported them and made it all But I want — it all But want to thank all of those who are watching or who are involved in our 2,200 schools that make the wonder ofducation, engagement, take place every day. I want to thank you all for being part of it. Thanks to all who’ve organised and all who’ve been involved, and thanks again to the students who’ve showcased such wonderful talent. We have one more performance for today. The fal showcase is the Quakers Hill East Boys hip h spectacular, with the featured artists from the 2019 Schools Spectacular, Ruhi, Liam and James, would you welcome to the stage. (APPLAE) (Can’t hold us back by mackle More and Ryan Lewis playing) an’t hold us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis playing) sentence (Can’t tch us playing) (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)>>Thank you to all our audience members, presenters and perfmers in both Sydney and here in Dubbo.>>A special out to the incredle team that put this du presentation together.>>Happy Education Week, everybody. ALL: See you all nt year.