Public Education Day, 15 March 2001

Public Education Campaign Bulletin Number 6 - 23 March 2001

This bulletin has been faxed to schools and TAFE colleges.

The day was a great success.

The Federation thanks teachers, parents, members of the community and students at schools and colleges throughout NSW for their great contribution in celebrating Public Education Day.

A vast range of activities was undertaken throughout the state. Most schools and colleges put on some event to involve their local community on the day. Many of these activities helped generate a huge amount of local publicity.

The event at the Conservatorium High School, Australian Technology Park, was part of the success of the day. Videotapes of this event were provided to Federation Councillors last Saturday with additional copies going to Federation Organisers. These tapes include the concert and the major statement issued on behalf of public education by Ms Lyndsay Connors.

Public Education Day is a great platform on which to continue the campaign to celebrate public education, its place in our society, and to tell politicians from all parties of the need for public education to be properly funded.

The Federation thanks teachers and students in every school and college for their contribution.

Public Education Ambassadors

Following the concert 171 teachers, parents and students took part in a combined Teachers Federation/Department of Education & Training training and development program. This kicked off with a panel discussion, "Public Education: Quality Worth Fighting For". The panel included Claire Petrie (Parent), James Morrison (Musician), Angry Anderson (Rock Performer), Chrisanthi Giotise (ex Student) and Julie Houghton (District Superintendent).

Their contributions on the importance of public education formed a wonderful backdrop for the afternoon's workshops. The "graduates of the program" are Public Education Ambassadors.

They will be supported by DET in their role as speakers available to address local community groups and as resource people for others in the public education community.

The Public Education Campaign will go on. Here are some dates for your diaries.

  • NSW Teachers Federation Country Conference tentatively scheduled for 25 August 2001, in Dubbo.
  • Public Education Convention Saturday, 8 September 2001, SuperDome, Olympic Park, Homebush.

    This will be a major event and we hope to get 10,000 people into the SuperDome and to invite the leaders of the Federal political parties to come face-to-face with the public education community.

    Authorised by John Hennessy, General Secretary, NSW Teachers Federation, State Secretary, Australian Education Union, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, 2010

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