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The launch of Education Week

Premier highlights the value of public education

Kiama and Parramatta public schools hosted the launch of Education Week today. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, with (from left): Education Minister Rob Stokes; State Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee; Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott; student performers and comperes, and the Principal of Parramatta Public School, Gail Charlier (far right). Public education can be the springboard to the top job in New South Wales. That was the message from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, as she launched Education Week celebrations today at... Read more

Education Week starts on 6 August 2018

Education Week 2018 - Today's schools creating tomorrow's world

The future of education will be showcased in NSW public schools from August 6 – 10 as students, teachers and parents across the state celebrate Education Week 2018. Education Week kicks off on Monday, August 6, with a simultaneous launch at Parramatta and Kiama public schools livestreamed on YouTube so all government schools and their communities can join in. This year's theme, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a... Read more

Students from Condell Park Public School

New uniform policy for NSW public schools

A new uniform policy has been introduced for NSW public schools, which for the first time include the option for girls to wear shorts and pants. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the new "clear and concise" policy today at Condell Park Public School in Sydney. Ms Berejiklian said the "modern makeover" would ensure that uniforms were practical and comfortable for students and affordable for parents. The new policy says all students should have the opportunity to access the full range of... Read more

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Public schools building great Australian lives

The Public Education Foundation has launched a new campaign promoting the importance of public schools to the community. The online campaign helps raise awareness and instil confidence in parents and the community that our public schools provide a vibrant, inclusive and high quality education to all Australians. The videos feature three famous Australians who credit their public education for equipping them with the skills and values that have enabled them to go on and make great contributions to society. David Hetherington, executive director... Read more

Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

The successful team of students

Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

Healthy Harold Presenting The School Award

Healthy Harold Recognises Penshurst West PS

Penshurst West Public School has been recognised for its commitment to Healthy Harold Values. Healthy Harold presented the certificate to the Principal, Ross Angus and thanked the School for its commitment and engagement with the program over the last 13 years. Mark Coure, MP Oatley was also present acknowledging the significance of this milestone.... Read more

Promotion of PWPS' Social Media change

PWPS has gone SOCIAL!

PWPS has gone SOCIAL! PWPS wants to engage our lively parents and eager community like never before, we want to talk to you and listen to you, but most importantly share with you everything that goes on at our amazing school. Is your child enrolled in PWPS? Want to get exclusive updates, news, photos and information? Join our support Groups dedicated to you! Complete and submit this form and we'll add you to your Group! https://goo.gl/forms/AZ8AiQdUwuZEjA6J2 Visit & Like Penshurst West Public School Facebook Page to receive school news and... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Penshurst West Public School Fete

PWPS 60th Anniversary Fete & Open Day Update www.facebook.com/penshurstwest60thanniversary . Saturday AUGUST 19 2017 10.00 am - 3.00 pm We are celebrating the schools 60th Anniversary with an Open Day and School Fete. Do you know a business or person that would be interested in being a sponsor or making a donation to our raffle or silent auction? The PWPS Fete Committee would be thrilled if you could ask them if they'd be interested in sponsoring or donating. All donations will be acknowledged on the PWPS Fete Facebook page and in the school... Read more

HELPERS/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Helpers/Volunteers Needed! Penshurst West Public School is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion we will be holding a Fete and Open Day in August. The first meeting of the Fete and Open Day Committee will be held on Monday 2oth March at 7pm in the school staffroom. If you are interested in volunteering or have some ideas but can't make the meeting, please email me at Karla.Franklin@intimo.com.au or call me on 0414628017. Looking forward to seeing you on Monday with your ideas and volunteering skills.... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

Mark Scott photo

Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more

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Kindergarten 2017 Orientation Day

The Kindergarten Orientation Day will be held on Wednesday 16th November 9.45am -11.30am in the School Hall. The orientation day is for parents/carers with children beginning school in 2017 and will give parents/carers important information which will help in ensuring your child has the best possible start to their school life.... Read more

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