Colleges and schools throughout NSW are preparing for Public Education Day on 15 March. The Managing Director Dr. Boston has asked Institute Directors, managers and school principals to assist in the day's activities and to positively promote public education.
(Fed Reps are asked to please distribute this bulletin to Institute Managers in their Branch)
Managing Director of TAFE NSW Dr. Ken Boston Urges Support
A variety of activities is being planned to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by students and teachers in our great system.
The current edition of Education includes a "round of celebrations" being planned in schools and colleges. Other ideas were included in the previous Campaign Bulletin (20 February 2001). Your college may have already planned an activity or might want to adapt or adopt ideas from other schools and colleges.
Whatever the activity, big or small, please ensure your college has something planned for the day.
Support from TAFE Institute/Student and Teacher Associations
Several colleges have organised lunchtime BBQs with their Institute/Student Association on 15 March with provision for a few short speeches promoting public education. Other proposals include teacher/student forums on the value of TAFE, with local politicians invited. Delegations have also been arranged to local Federal Members of Parliament. Your Federation Organiser has been asked to provide a TAFE representative for each delegation. If you are interested in attending this or a subsequent TAFE specific delegation, please contact your Federation Representative or Organiser.
TAFE Fed Reps have posters to promote student involvement in the day's activities, including MP visits. These posters (with details of activities entered) should be placed on student notice boards.
An example of school activities is that Lithgow Teachers Association has decided to support Public Education Day by arranging a photographic display of school activities to be showcased in a shopfront in the town's main street. Lake Wallis and Wingham Teachers Association are sponsoring a literary/art competition for all their schools. The theme is Public Education and it is planned to award book prizes at special assemblies on 15 March.
Some Associations are funding local press advertisements in the week commencing 12 March.
Advertisements paid for by the Public Education Fund will run for several days on metropolitan radio commencing Sunday, 11 March and on country radio on Tuesday, 13 March.
A new television advertisement will commence on 13 March. Thanks to the staff and students at Tempe PS, Tempe HS and Hornsby South PS who were only too eager to rearrange their days at short notice and help with the production.
PS. Don't forget to use college, student and community Noticeboards to promote activities.