The focus on 15 March will be in our public schools and colleges to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by teachers and students in our great system.
As indicated in previous publications you are requested to plan open day type activities for the morning of 15 March to involve members of the school community in celebration of the role of public education.
As you are aware the morning's events have the support of the peak parent and principal organisations and a central event is being organised in conjunction with these organisations and in cooperation with the DET. (Contrary to previous advice this event will not now be broadcast via OTEN).
Some ideas from schools and colleges for activities
A number of schools have already indicated activities they are planning for 15 March. Other schools might want to adopt or adapt some of these ideas.
- Morning tea with the P & C
- Morning tea with the parents
- Morning tea with students telling them about the great things happening in the school
- BBQ lunch for community members
- New parents BBQ
- Public Education dress-up day with costumes of 100 years ago
- Theme day, eg Teddy Bear's Picnic
- Grandparents day
- Generations day
- Inviting parents and prominent ex pupils
- Performing Arts and fitness displays
- Grade activities in classrooms
- Lunchtime concert and BBQ, (TAFE colleges)
Use of School Noticeboards
Many schools have outside community noticeboards for the display of important school messages. Consider displaying a more generic message for public education in the week commencing 12 March 2001.
Activities of this nature on the day will be deemed to be a variation of normal school routine.
As you should now be aware, the day's events are being organised in cooperation with the Department of Education and Training. The Director-General has written to school principals and Institute Directors to confirm this. Other TAFE trade unions are to be contacted soon to enlist their support. Schools events already have the support of the peak parent and principal organisations. A central Sydney event is also to occur. (Contrary to previous advice this event will not now be broadcast via OTEN).
As indicated in previous publications, you are requested to plan and/or assist in any open day type activities, lunchtime concert or BBQ being arranged for 15 March (with appropriate speakers). The purpose of these activities is to involve members of the college community in celebration of the role of public education.
Some of the activities already in planning for 15 March are shown below. Colleges and schools might want to adopt or adapt some of these ideas. Institute/student associations and non-teaching staff should be contacted to obtain their involvement in the day's activities.
- Morning tea with college contacts from industry, commerce and the community, at which they will be informed about the great educational programs being delivered to students at the college
- Mini Skills Olympics, Performing Arts and fitness displays
- Lunchtime concert and/or BBQ/sausage sizzle
Use of College Noticeboards
Most colleges have internal and external noticeboards for the display of important messages. Consider arranging for the display of a more generic message for public education in the week commencing 12 March 2001.
On application for approval, some activities on the day are expected to be the subject of a release from normal college duties.
Whatever the activity, big or small, please ensure your school and college has something planned for the morning of 15 March.
Further details about events on the day will be provided in subsequent bulletins.
Authorised by John Hennessy, General Secretary, NSW Teachers Federation, State Secretary Australian Education Union, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, 2010