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Eddie Woo's Australia Day Award

Cherrybrook Technology High School teacher Eddie Woo receives Australia Day Local Hero Award.

East Hills students combine

East Hills Boys High School and East Hills Girls Technology High School are offering combined courses

Woo on Australia Day address

NSW Department of Education mathematics teacher and YouTube sensation Eddie Woo has had the privilege of sharing his story with the nation, delivering this year’s NSW Australia Day address.

Macquarie Fields Future Teachers

Macquarie Fields HS students sample a possible career as Future Teachers

Eddie Woo Australia Day address

Internationally renowned high school mathematics teacher and internet sensation Eddie Woo will deliver this year’s Australia Day Address, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

Students steer space robots

NSW students control robots on International Space Station

How to animate learning

While the vast majority of HSC students across NSW were sweating on their results, a group of Kempsey High School graduates are aiming to game their way into a career.

Woolgoolga student breaks new ground in Aboriginal language

Isabella Lovelock of Woolgoolga High School has become one of the first three students in NSW to complete the new HSC Aboriginal Languages course.

Dubbo's record breakers

Indigenous graduates from Dubbo College will chase their ambitions to be a physiotherapist, teacher, social workers and accountants after successfully completing their HSC.

ATAR: Perfect finale

Ada Fang from Sydney Girls High School has secured the highest score possible on her ATAR - 99.95.

HSC class of 2017: take a bow

Almost 39,000 NSW public school students received their HSC results today, the culmination of 13 years of learning.

HSC: Language success

The NSW School of Languages has achieved amazing results in this year's HSC, with nine of their students topping the state and achieving First in Course.

HSC: Italian inspiration

Max Cleversley from Macksville High School shares his HSC experience.

HSC: future teacher

While most students getting their results today have said farewell to school classrooms forever, for Brianna Mead of Tamworth it will be her future.

Students shine in HSC

NSW public education has dominated the First in Course list in the HSC with 73 of the 114 courses topped by students attending public schools.

Spec stars to burst onto screens

Schools Spectacular will be seen Australia-wide on the 7 Network, Saturday 16 December

Olympian honours great sports

Ian Thorpe honoured the 2017 NSW Combined High Schools Sporting Blues winners at a ceremony last week.

Spec stars back

Schools Spectacular 2017 performers return triumphantly to their schools from Qudos Bank Arena and Sydney's Olympic Park

Dancers bring Spec a step closer

Schools Spectacular is a step closer

Premier's Award for Service

St Johns Park Public School and Woonona Public School principal Lorraine Bradwell have been recognised with a Premier's Award for Public Service.

Needs-based funding for schools

The NSW public school needs-based funding allocation for 2018 was announced today at Samuel Terry Public School in Cranebrook.

PM's Prize for Science

Two NSW public school teachers have been recognised as Australia’s leading science educators by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

ACEL National Award

Two NSW public school educators have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to education with a 2017 ACEL National Award.

Aboriginal Education showcase

The Connected Communities Education field day was recently held at Moree Secondary College.

NSW teachers retracing steps of the Anzacs

History teachers from across NSW are invited to walk the battlefields and trenches of the Western Front as part of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship tour.

Awards for school excellence

The 2017 Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence are being presented at a ceremony today.

New app for workplace learning

A new smartphone app to help students capture their learning in the workplace as part of their HSC VET courses was officially launched today as part of National Skills Week.

School Readiness Test update

The School Readiness Test is now into its third week, with around 550 NSW schools and 55,000 students having participated in 100,000 online tests.

Language has no barrier

Year One students at Chatswood Public School had a visit from Premier Gladys Berejiklian today despite the fact she is in Seoul, South Korea.

Research and student engagement

Students who enjoy school, attend regularly and are well-behaved in class are six months ahead of their peers who don’t have the same experience, according to new research from CESE.

Emily is nation’s top talker

A girl who couldn’t speak English when she started school and cried when she had to speak in front of her primary class has won Australia’s premier public speaking competition.

School Readiness Test

More than 350,000 NSW students will today start sitting for the School Readiness Test, a practice run for the transition to NAPLAN Online.

Premier’s Teacher Scholarships

Ten of the best public school teachers across the State were rewarded for their commitment to quality education with a 2017 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship.

Vale Betty Cuthbert

School tributes for Betty Cuthbert

NAPLAN preliminary results

Preliminary results for NAPLAN 2017 will be published here.

Education Week 2017: the sky is the limit

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has used the launch of Education Week 2017 to vow to give every child in NSW the same opportunity to be their best “no matter where they live” or their background.

Tracing footsteps salutes Anzacs

Public school students have a chance to follow the footsteps that forged the Anzac spirit by winning a Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship

Stars set to Own the Moment

Details of the 2017 Schools Spectacular featured performers and theme released

Education Week 2017

Education Week is a state-wide, annual event to celebrate public education in NSW.

Excellence in hospitality

Game birds, seafood tortellini and textures of chocolate were on the menu when 40 teachers from NSW public schools became the first to take part in a new VET hospitality industry immersion experience.

Leadership lessons licked

28 June 2017 Students from Hawkesbury High School are learning valuable leadership skills with a helping paw from trainee Guide Dog puppies.

Red dirt reveals rich insight

Early career teachers at Broken Hill get an insight into Aboriginal culture from local Aboriginal Elders

Na Ngara creates vibrant vision

Inspiring better understanding of vibrant Aboriginal through vision of collecting and showing Aboriginal art

Restoring fencing builds hope

Students from NSW public schools join with Blazeaid to help restore fences destroyed by 2017 Sir Ivan bushfires and create renewed hope for farmers

Premier's Sporting Challenge

The NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge marked its 10th anniversary this week having clocked up 19,265 years of physical activity by its 2.4 million student participants across the decade.

From housing commission to Harvard

The prestigious grounds of Harvard University are a long way from the childhood stomping ground of Glebe’s housing commission, but it is a journey Murat Dizdar is about to take.

Mount View HS to world champs

Mount View High School (Cessnock) to F1 in Schools world championships

Goonellabah pride on video

Goonellabah Public School students' produce hip-hop video celebrating their identify.

2017 Nanga Mai Awards

Celebrating innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW public schools and school communities.

Cloak warms healing spirit

Traditional possum skin cloak a treasured resource at Wagga Wagga’s Riverina Environmental Education Centre.

Five winners of national awards

Five educators from NSW public schools have been awarded a prestigious Teaching Fellowship at the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

Awards for Excellence

To recognise and reward outstanding teaching and learning in NSW Public Schools, the NSW Department of Education have launched the annual Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day on 21 March is a day we celebrate our cultural diversity and promote social inclusion within our community.

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens.

Gratitude fires Coolah cooks

13 February 2017 Coolah Central’s commercial kitchen and the country cooking skills of staff and students were put to good use as a huge bush fire raged to the south-east of the Central West

Drone pilots take off

Jesmond students train as drone pilots.


The ARTEXPRESS 2017 exhibition is now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Back to school hotline

Our Back to School hotline will operate between 27 January and 24 February to help parents and caregivers with questions they may about the NSW public education system.

Students first in HSC subjects

Students in NSW public schools have excelled in the Higher School Certificate, placing first in more than 40 courses.

Small Talk brings big results

7 December 2016 It started as a virtual debating round robin between a dozen far flung Central West small public schools, but the Small Talk final turned out to be a local derby between two rival

Workplace giving award

The generosity of Department of Education employees and their support for Stewart House has been acknowledged with a prestigious national award.

Spectacular stars return

Student performers from across NSW returned to their schools today still on a high after the biggest and one of the best Schools Spectaculars ever.

National honour for principals

Two NSW public school principals have been recognised for their dedication and commitment to education and professional development in the John Laing Awards 2016.

Spectacular wins world title

25 November 2016 The Schools Spectacular cast today took part in a historic moment when they set a Guinness World Records ™ title.

White Ribbon Day at Hunter River

The students of Hunter River High School held a whole-school assembly to mark White Ribbon Day.

Queen Rania visits Fort St

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will today visit students and teachers at Fort Street Public School to see firsthand the school’s education entrepreneurship program.

Words can heal

Daniel Hwang, School Captain of Artarmon Public School in Sydney’s North Shore, has won the NSW state final of the 2016 Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.

Richard Gill's new Chair

21 November 2016 Mr Richard Gill AO has been appointed the inaugural occupant of the King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Conservatorium Chair in Music Education at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney.

Stanford Merthyr Infants hall

Stanford Merthyr Infants new hall

Premier's Spelling Bee

Saccharose, phlegmatic, gymkhana and pianissimo. These are just some of the words students had to grapple with in the 2016 Premier’s Spelling Bee.

Celebrating our success

NSW public schools and teachers have been recognised for their innovation and achievements in public education.

World War 1 Honour Board Rededication Ceremony

World War 1 Honour Board - NSW Department of Education

Education Week 2016: Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities

Media Release from Premier Mike Baird about the launch of Education Week 2016.

Spectacular headliners named

The 39 super talented singers who will headline the Schools Spectacular as Featured Artists have been named.

Statement on standards-based pay

The NSW Teachers Federation assertion in recent media reports that women on maternity leave are disadvantaged by standards based pay is unfounded.

Going 'beyond' broadens horizons

1 July 2016 The advantages of embarking on a teaching career in rural and remote public schools were highlighted to 66 pre-service teachers who spent five days ‘beyond the line’.

LMBR statement

The Department of Education on the 27th June 2016 signed contracts for the final element of the LMBR system for NSW public schools.

Best Spectacular seats on sale

Now is the time to snap up the pick of seats at the 2016 Schools Spectacular.

Community quest for school name

The community is being invited to suggest names for the renewed academically selective high school that will open at Glenfield in 2023.

426 schools join Spectacular

Schools Spectacular 2016’s new home, QUDOS Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park has expanded the stage of what is regarded as Australia’s most popular variety show.

NSW Budget announced

The NSW Government has handed down the 2016 - 17 Budget today announcing record education spending.

Queen's Birthday Honours

The Acting Secretary, Peter Riordan, has congratulated recipients of the Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours List.

New Secretary Announced

The Premier, Mike Baird, has today announced Mark Scott as the Secretary of the Department of Education.

Annual Report 2015

27 May 2016 The 2015 annual report is now available to view and download.

Fairness and integrity at the core of NSW HSC

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) has released 2015 data from programs supporting the fairness and integrity of the NSW HSC.

Supervising teachers awarded

Ten NSW public school teachers have been recognised for their commitment to improving the quality of the next generation of teachers.

Acting Secretary

Peter Riordan, Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services, will be the Acting Secretary of the Department of Education from today.

The School Magazine turns 100

Monday 1 February 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of The School Magazine which is now read by more than 130 000 students across Australia every month.

Planning lesson introduced to schools

New geography lesson plans that encourage high school students to become involved in urban and regional planning are being introduced to the NSW school curriculum.

2015 Premier’s Awards for Public Service

Department Secretary Dr Michele Bruniges AM has congratulated Laura Debnam and Steven Collins after they were awarded individual honours at the Premier’s Awards for Public Service.

Boost to agricultural education

18 November 2015 Agricultural education in South Western Sydney is set to be boosted by the investment of more than $165 million in new and upgraded schools and extra classrooms.

Fame school workshop

The music program widely recognised as Australia’s fame school is giving young singers and songwriters the opportunity to hone their skills early next year.

White Ribbon Day 2015

White Ribbon Day on 25 November focuses on the message that violence against women is never acceptable and that everyone should speak up when they see, or hear about, such incidents.

The World’s Biggest Classroom

30 October 2015 An exhibition program that displays the work of school students in public venues opened this week in Sydney.

RAM funding for students who need it most

Additional funding is being delivered to NSW public schools in 2016 through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM).

Principal appointed to new lower north shore primary school

An experienced local principal who lives in the area has been appointed to head the new lower north shore primary school, which opens next year.

State Dance Festival

Using dance to spread their messages of positive body image, resilience and overcoming adversary, over1500 public school students performed as part of the annual 2015 State Dance Festival.

Musical collaboration builds bridges

More than 1000 school children from 106 public schools in Sydney and from five Chinese provinces will get the chance to revel in the musical aspects of each other's cultures.

Premier's Reading Challenge 2015

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) closes for students on Friday 21 August. Is your child eligible for a certificate?

Department changes name

From today the Department of Education and Communities will now be known as the Department of Education following administrative changes to a number of NSW Government agencies.

National Trust honours heritage publication

A team of department heritage officers and staff from the NSW Government Architects Office have been honoured at the National Trust Awards.

Schools embrace disability reform

7 May 2015 Education leaders from Australia and overseas meet in Sydney today to discuss how schools are complementing national disability reforms to ensure students with disability have the

International students praised

5 March 2015 - The academic excellence, leadership and service of international students who studied at NSW government schools last year has been praised at a ceremony to mark their achievements.

Increased Community Languages Schools funding

The state’s community language schools network has been strengthened with the injection of an additional $400,000 in funding.

TAFE NSW improves international student experience

TAFE NSW initiatives are prominent in the latest round of StudyNSW Partner Projects aimed at improving international students’ experiences in NSW.

Top athletes honoured

Blaxland High graduate, Jessica Fox and Blayney High's Kurt Fearnley ranked among the top honours in the inaugural Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards celebrated at Melbourne Museum.

Childcare deposits – advice to parents

Parents considering paying a deposit to secure a place at a childcare centre or preschool should read the contract carefully.

40 years of HSC visual arts

Renowned artist Jasper Knight has launched 'The Wilkins Collection - Celebrating 40 years of New South Wales Higher School Certificate Visual Arts'.

New Smart and Skilled website

A new Smart and Skilled website is available with useful resources and tools for students and employers.

Congratulations on HSC results for 2014

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Education and Communities, Peter Riordan, has congratulated government school students who came first in HSC courses for 2014.

Trauma support for children and families

19 December 2014 Support is available to families following the incidents that occurred recently in Sydney’s Martin Place.

Human rights award

Holroyd High School principal Dorothy Hoddinott AO has won the 2014 Human Rights Medal.

Cancellation of school excursions to Sydney CBD

In view of the ongoing siege in the Sydney CBD, and the uncertainty surrounding security arrangements, all planned excursions to the Sydney CBD area are cancelled for Tuesday 16 December and until

Advocate for children and young people appointed

4 December 2014 - Andrew Johnson, Acting Secretary General of the ChildFund Alliance, has been appointed as the first Advocate for Children and Young People in NSW.

Anzac study tour students named

4 December 2014 - A teacher whose grandfather served as a light horseman at Gallipoli and the great granddaughter of Alec Campbell, Australia’s last Anzac are among the 100 students and 28 teachers wh

Students in symphony with London Orchestra

It has been 30 years since the London Symphony Orchestra visited Australia and more than 100 years since one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky wrote Petrushka.

Schools win enviro research grants

Fifty NSW schools have won Food Gardens in Schools grants worth $3,500 each, and 46 have won Eco Schools grants worth $2,500 each.

New North Shore high school named

The new government high school serving Sydney’s North Shore has been officially named as Cammeraygal High School.

Principal: woman of influence

Linda O’Brien, Granville Boys High School principal, has been named one of Australia’s 10 most influential women.

Achievement in community languages

Ten NSW students were recognised for their achievement in community languages at a special ceremony in Sydney on 29 September.

Students sail into history

1 October 2014 A group of Aboriginal students will make history when a canoe they built becomes part of the Eora Gallery display at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

Operation Art exhibition

Student artists from schools across the state have had their artworks chosen for this year’s popular Operation Art touring exhibition.

DanceSport Challenge

Imagine more than 800 boys and girls whirling and twirling in full ballroom regalia, watched by a packed audience.

Oldest school prepares for 200th anniversary

09 September 2014 The longest continuously-serving school in Australia, Newcastle East Public School, has plans for its February 2016 bicentenary celebration well in hand.

Gallipoli 2015 School Tour – schools announced

The secondary schools that will have the opportunity to send students to the Anzac Day Dawn Service Commemorations at Gallipoli in April 2015 have been announced.

Premier's Teacher Scholarships

1 September 2014 The Premier Mike Baird has congratulated 22 teachers from across NSW who have been recognised for their commitment to quality education with a 2014 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship.

Camden Haven students best bridge builders in NSW

Camden Haven High School students Ethan Cunningham and Jack Beukers have won a statewide bridge-building competition coinciding with Australian Engineering Week.

NSW public school educators in WWI & WWII

The biographical details of education department staff who enlisted in World War I and WWII have been brought to life in digital form for the first time, the culmination of a

NSW student wins Plain English Speaking Award

Sydney Girls High School Year 12 student, Theodora Von Arnim, won the National Final of the Plain English Speaking Award held in Adelaide yesterday.

NSW Gallipoli 2015 School Tour

100 school students and up to 28 supervising teachers will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent NSW at the official Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli in 2015.

Schools Spectacular congratulates The Voice winner

The success of Anja Nissen, The Voice Australia 2014 winner, will be an inspiration to the thousands of public school students across NSW who are preparing for this year's Schools Spectacular.

Principal appointed to new North Shore high school

The inaugural principal of the new government high school serving Sydney’s North Shore will be Kathy Melky, the current deputy principal of North Sydney Girls’ High School.

Students take up Premier’s Sporting Challenge

A record number of students - almost 300,000 from 1270 schools - have signed up for this year’s NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge.

Opportunities for future teachers

Wanting to kick-start your career as a teacher in a NSW public school? New opportunities for future teachers are now available to HSC students, current university students, including final year

Students invited to strut their money stuff

NSW Year 8 to Year 10 school students have been invited to submit creative money management tips for young people.

Privacy Awareness Week 2014

Staying safe online, particularly in a relation to personal information, is the focus of Privacy Awareness Week 2014, which is being held on 4-10 May.

Student dancers perform for Royal couple

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a colourful insight into Aboriginal culture and the talents of NSW public school students at an event at the Sydney Opera House.

Schools Remember Anzac

More than 100 Sydney schools participated in the 2014 Schools Remember Anzac Commemoration Service on Wednesday, 9 April.

Young people to have a say on volunteering placements

Young people have been invited to say what attracts them to volunteering and what makes volunteering and unpaid work valuable to them.

Help for the homeless

The Secretary of the department, Dr Michele Bruniges, has again registered for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise funds and awareness about homelessness.

ARTEXPRESS – top HSC artworks on display

The last and most prestigious of several exhibitions featuring the best artworks by 2013 Higher School Certificate visual arts students has opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Premier’s Teacher Scholarships, closes 2 May 2014

A successful professional development programis giving teachers the opportunity to undertake an international study tour and visit some of the world’s best schools and centres of teaching and learning

Tree maintenance at NSW Public Schools

All NSW public schools have been directed to engage qualified arborists as soon as practicable to review the safety condition of trees on school grounds.

International students honoured

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO has acknowledged 51 international students who attended NSW public high schools last year.

Schools' rhinos take over NSW centres

Rhinos in the 'wilds' of Sydney? Yes, believe your eyes. Local numbers of rhinoceroses are definitely on the rise across NSW.

Back-to-School 2014

Deputy Director-General, Schools, Greg Prior today wished all new and returning students well for a great year of learning in 2014.

Comment sought on online safety for children

The Australian Government is seeking comment on proposals to improve online safety for children.

Young Indigenous leaders invited to Gathering

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students are encouraged to apply for the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) 2014 National Gathering.

Student dancers feature in Australia Day celebrations

A group of eight talented Aboriginal dancers will feature in several of Sydney’s major Australia Day events on Sunday, 26 January.

Public education takes majority of HSC first-in-course places

Students from public schools and TAFE NSW institutes have won the lion’s share of the 2013 HSC first-in-place awards.

Government announces key components of Smart and Skilled reforms

The NSW Government has announced details of two key components of its Smart and Skilled reforms of the vocational education and training sector in the state.

Environmental grants for 80 schools

Eighty primary and secondary schools building food gardens and establishing innovative environmental programs are to receive Environmental Trust Grants totalling $220,000.

Sydney school a global technology leader

Campbelltown Performing Arts High School has been selected by Microsoft as being among the world’s most innovative users of technology to transform how students learn in the

Student artists lift spirits of sick youngsters

Fifty works by students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW for a month before touring regional galleries next year.

NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service

The work of the department and its staff featured prominently when the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service were announced at a ceremony in Sydney.

Media release - Rural and remote education blueprint

The NSW Government has announced a detailed plan to improve student learning in rural and remote public schools across New South Wales and reduce the gap in educational achievement

Danish royals and Premier congratulate top readers

28 October 2013 - NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has presented top performing students who took part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge with medals and certificates of achievement.

World Teachers’ Day - A message from the Premier

25 October 2013 - World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to show our appreciation to the thousands of great teachers in New South Wales schools who daily inspire a love of learning in their students.

Bushfire closures - Friday

Public school and Sport & Recreation sites closed on Friday 25 October 2013 due to bushfire danger.

New funding model a boost for public schools

Public schools will receive an additional $100 million following the implementation by the NSW Government of a new funding model.

Aboriginal students to benefit from innovative new program

A new initiative will see Aboriginal students in Campbelltown and Tamworth receive personalised and practical support to stay in school and prepare for a successful transition to

Parent power rewarded

Nineteen dedicated public school parents across the state have been recognised for their exemplary work in partnership with their children's schools

New resource for sun safety

The NSW Government has launched a new information pack that provides schools with the latest advice on sun safety.

Artwork becomes an enduring legacy

Among the 50 student artworks selected for a prestigious touring exhibition is one imbued with particular significance.

Program aims to attract the best new teachers

Applications are open for a program of cadetships, internships and rural scholarships for student teachers, announced as part of the NSW government’s Great Teaching, Inspired

Student achievement awards - community languages

Ten NSW students have been recognised for their achievement in languages at a ceremony in Sydney.

Landmark education body

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced that the NSW Government will introduce landmark reform to drive improvements in student outcomes in NSW.

Alternative campus established to support self-motivated students

An education setting has been established in Newcastle to support self-motivated secondary school students.

Kids in the Park holiday activities

The Kids in the Park school holiday program returns to Sydney Olympic Park with more than 50 fun-filled activities to keep kids active, outdoors and entertained.

Deadly Kids Doing Well Awards 2013

It was with immense pride and excitement that more than 600 students, family members, teachers, Aboriginal Education staff and special guests entered Bay 17 CarriageWorks in Sydney for the 2013

Scholarships open to NSW public school students

Students attending NSW public schools across the state are encouraged to apply for the Public Education Foundation's prestigious scholarships for the 2014 school year.

Festival of Instrumental Music goes global

Thousands of excited young musicians from the length and breadth of NSW recently converged on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for the annual Festival of Instrumental Music.

Skills to meet demand

Reforms to the vocational education and training system in NSW are being made to ensure we have individuals gaining the skills that are in demand.

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week - the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem solving abilities and wellbeing.

Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

In the early 1990s Jennifer English walked away from teaching convinced she had chosen the wrong career.

Premier’s Teacher Scholarships 2013 recipients

At 26 years old, English teacher Angelina Bea has the world at her feet, literally.

Opportunity knocks for Aboriginal students

The NSW Government has announced a call for expressions of interest from non-government organisations to coordinate and match local education, training and employment opportunities.

Working smarter - TAFE launches innovative app

TAFE NSW has launched an innovative web-based mobile application which provides a smart way to assess and recognise skills through a process that is mobile and convenient for students,

New directions for TAFE NSW

The NSW Government has set new directions for TAFE NSW during a period of reform in the vocational education and training area.

Spelling Bee app

The department has launched a new app that helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling.

Premier's Debating Challenge 2013

In the old sandstone building of the University of Sydney's Great Hall a lofty debate ensued between two teams from Penrith and Sydney Boys high schools.

Literacy and numeracy teaching support

A new online tool is available to schools that enable teachers to share examples of effective teaching in literacy and numeracy.

Education Week – DG for a day

Public Education Week was celebrated with amazing stories across the state illustrating the spirit of NSW public schools.

Maths researcher wins national award

A curriculum expert in the department has received a prestigious award for research into mathematics.

NSW the State of Debate

On the eve of the final State of Origin rugby league game earlier this month another heated final was taking place between NSW and Queensland schools - the State of Debate.

App engages young children in learning activities

An app that uses the human face as the focus for learning has been launched by the department to support young children in early literacy and numeracy.

Data trumps opinion

Ideology, theory and tradition have long played leading roles in shaping education systems around the world, but data shows us how we stack up against each other.

Teaching live from the bush makes history

Science teacher Donna Azzi made history when a biodiversity research expedition she was with in Australia’s Red Centre discovered a new species of scorpion.

Tomorrow’s stars shining today

Thirteen talented young people are on the fast track to a successful career in the music industry, thanks to a highly successful artist mentoring scheme for students in NSW public secondary schools.

NAIDOC Week’s new principal

NAIDOC Week was very special this year for one of NSW public schools’ newest principals.

TAFE takes cake in tourism and hospitality awards

TAFE NSW has again asserted its pre-eminence in quality tourism and hospitality training

Students dance with the stars

Sydney Aboriginal dance students have lived their dream and shared the Sydney Opera House stage with world-class dancers.

Kindy kids learn to set ambitions high

More than 100 Kindergarten students have learned the sky really is the limit when it comes to what they can do in life.

Funding provides opportunities for NSW youth

The NSW Government is supporting projects that reach young people who may ordinarily miss out and get them involved in their communities.

Students get the rap on anti-racism

A powerful video clip performed by a hip-hop artist has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission to send a strong anti-racism message to young people.

$70 million boost for northern Sydney schools

The NSW Government will commence a major capital works program to provide new schools and new classrooms at existing schools in the northern Sydney area.

NSW Budget – record funding for education and training

The NSW Government has allocated a record $13.95 billion for education, training and early childhood education in the 2013-14 Budget.

Broadcasting the best of high school

How do high schools share with the broader community the incredible array of programs they run for their students?

School zone flashing lights program speeds up

The NSW Government announced today that every school in NSW will have flashing school zone lights installed by December 2015.

Artworks speak louder than words

An artwork entered by a group of 45 students with special needs won first place in their age division at the Schools Reconciliation Challenge 2013.

Schools in league with State of Debate

Endeavour Sports High School has won the NSW final of the inaugural State of Debate All Schools Challenge, a National Rugby League Museum initiative designed to engage students from NSW and Queensland in debating themes of sport, ethics and wellbeing.

Aboriginal studies - preserving cultural knowledge

One of the advantages for Aboriginal students who take HSC Aboriginal studies is they can use the opportunity to get to know their family and their culture better.

National Reconciliation Week

Public schools across the state are participating in Reconciliation Week to celebrate the contributions, cultures and histories of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Landmark agreement strengthens Vietnamese ties

The department has signed a landmark agreement with two key Vietnamese education and training providers, further cementing the ties between NSW and the South-East Asian nation.

Google tools provide learning options

Five NSW public school teachers from across the state were recently immersed in the innovative world of Google.

Assistance dog goes to school

It's easy for Martin Moore to talk about his pet subject Benson.

New childhood vaccination legislation

The NSW Minister for Health has announced that legislation will be introduced to the Parliament dealing with enrolment in child care facilities and immunisation requirements.

New app encourages healthy lifestyle

In the lead-up to National Walk Safely to School Day, the NSW Government has launched an app to encourage students to be more physically active.

Librarian of the year

Australia's favourite librarian can be found at Cessnock West Public School.

Update on Haberfield Public School safety

This update relates to an incident that occurred on Friday morning at Haberfield Public School.

Mathematics matters

Ground-breaking research in western NSW public schools has led to a maths intervention strategy that may improve student results in numeracy in as little as 12 months.

Never too young to learn bard habits

For most students their first taste of Shakespeare comes as a shock. So why not introduce it to them before they reach their teen years when their “walls are up against the world”?

Spotlight on talent

Regional students received star treatment during entertainment workshops led by the Talent Development Project.

A breath of fresh air for the instrument of equity

1 May 2013 An ingenious use of technology connects teachers in regular virtual ‘blow-in’ sessions on the recorder.

Nanga Mai Awards celebrate Aboriginal success

The NSW Schools Manga Mai Awards recognise innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in New South Wales public schools, school communities and the education department offices.

Migration stories take students on memorable journey

When teacher Lisa Roth asked her principal to read the draft of a book her class had begun producing on the lives of migrants to Australia she suggested she have a box of tissues on hand.

Public Education Foundation 2013 scholarship recipients

The hard work of 36 principals, teachers and students has been rewarded with the announcement of the Public Education Foundation's scholarship recipients for 2013.

Country students rewarded with a sea change

A group of Aboriginal students from a remote two-shop town in western NSW recently travelled almost 800kms to Sydney to have the time of their lives.

Ita Buttrose on leadership

When Angela Lyris launched her school leaders' induction ceremony she told the audience a personal story to reflect what she believed to be strong leadership qualities.

Sights on Harvard for two outstanding principals

Two of the state’s best public school principals have won the inaugural Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship.

Anzac Day commemorations

The department yesterday held its annual Anzac Day remembrance service to commemorate NSW teachers who served in all conflicts.

Working with Children Check strengthened

New South Wales’ new Working With Children Check will be stronger and more efficient for employers and workers when it takes effect on June 15 2013.

Privacy Awareness Week

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before.

NSW Premier’s Awards - nominations open

NSW public school teacher Mardi Croke was last year presented with the Premier’s Award for Individual Excellence and Achievement after being nominated by one of her students.

Director-General participates in homelessness initiative

Like many people who walk through the city and see people sleeping on the streets, the department’s Director-General Michele Bruniges wonders why as a society we can’t do more to help the homeless.

International award for student musicians

The West of the NSW Divide Wind Ensemble, comprising students from seventeen secondary schools, has won a gold award in the Hong Kong International Youth Music Festival.

Schools tackle cyberbullying

Schools in Sydney’s south-west are hoping to put the boot into online bullying thanks to a pilot program developed out of student research.

From classroom to catwalk

There are not many teachers that can inspire students to stay back two hours.

Students peddle the wheel thing

A principal passionate about bike safety has launched a regular bike bus to help students practise their skills and to spend more quality time with them.

Young scholars keep the legacy alive

A group of students from schools across NSW will make a pilgrimage to sites of military significance in South East Asia, including Singapore, in an effort to learn more about the Anzac legacy.

Language learning and employment for Aboriginal students

A major reform to support Aboriginal students has been launched by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello.

Love of reading to encourage love of learning

Sharing a story, song, or sonnet with young children each and every day from birth is the aim of the national Let’s Read Early Literacy Program launched yesterday.

Football helps kick along academic life

A program tapping into young Aboriginal students' passion for footy is keeping their eye on the main game - their studies at Coonamble High School.

Mentoring program opens doors

When the first female Speaker of the NSW Parliament and former teacher Shelley Hancock shared high tea with a group of Sydney students, she thought it only fitting to return the gesture.

Cambodia journey leaves legacy

Bowral High School students were exposed to the extremes of life when they undertook a cultural exchange in Cambodia and Thailand.

Cohesive Community School Award

A south western Sydney public school has been recognised for its outstanding achievement and contribution in promoting a cohesive community and developing social harmony and unity.

Building bridges with Bali

A unique cultural partnership is taking teaching and learning beyond the classroom, helping to break down racial stereotypes and build lifelong friendships with our neighbour, Indonesia.

Celebrating public education

The hard work of 36 principals, teachers and students will be rewarded next month with the announcement of the Public Education Foundation’s scholarship recipients for 2013.

Schools unite against bullying and violence

More than 100,000 students across New South Wales are today taking a united stand against bullying and violence.

Eagle Vale High School fire

Eagle Vale High School, which was damaged by fire over the weekend, is open to students.

You are as young as you feel this Seniors Week

The young at heart are being encouraged to get active this Seniors Week 2013 (17 – 24 March) and take advantage of the great opportunities being offered by Sport and Recreation Centres

Blueprint for teacher quality in action

The most comprehensive set of reforms ever undertaken in Australia to improve teacher quality have been released by the NSW Government.

Schools stand together against bullying

The education department is encouraging schools across the state to support the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on 15 March 2013.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Which program offers young people the chance to make a committed personal challenge to reach their potential? The challenge can be continued over many years and comprises four sections:

Gandhi spreads message of peace

When Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi, met with Sydney school students, teachers and senior department staff, it was one of the highlights of their lives.

Jungle boys on school safari

When teacher Rohit Prasad was given an invitation for some of his students to join a unique wildlife program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the boys didn't hesitate in showing their enthusiasm.

Success on an international scale

More than 2,000 years ago the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that excellence was never an accident. Instead it was the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.

Top HSC artworks on display at ARTEXPRESS

An exhibition featuring 42 of the best artworks by 2012 Higher School Certificate visual arts students is now on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Teacher’s passion engages history students

When Michelle Hampson wants her students to learn without realising she lets her mummy do the talking.

Callback 2012 dance show worthy of encore

The skill, grace and creativity of some of the state's most accomplished young dancers were on display recently in a series of performances in Sydney.

Preserved blackboard reveals old school maths

A maths lesson dating back to 1961 has been found preserved on a blackboard at a public school in Sydney's south west.

Young athletes on song for Olympic dreams

An Olympian effort by the department's arts unit has produced a dazzling opening ceremony for an Australian international youth sports festival.

Literacy and numeracy experts to support classroom learning

Many of the NSW public schools which returned to class this week will be enjoying the additional support of a team of 50 Instructional Leaders.

Minister addresses new principals

In the lead-up to the start of the new school year, the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli addressed the more than 70 new principals who take up the key leadership role for the first time in 2013.

Back to school help for parents

New online information and a phone hotline will provide parents and caregivers with advice about how they can best prepare for the new school year.

New principals prepare for important roles

It’s not just students who are busy preparing to return to NSW high schools – a group of newly-appointed principals will also be ‘hitting the books’ in advance of entering into their new roles.

Aboriginal student dancers learn from the best

27 August 2013 A group of Aboriginal dance students from schools across the state have been selected to take part in a program where they will learn from mentors from Australia’s leading Indigenous

All school zones to have flashing lights

29 July 2014 The second phase of a $32 million program to install flashing lights at all school zones by the end of next year has been launched by the NSW Premier Mike Baird and Roads Minister Duncan

Schools Spectacular 2015

1 September 2015 What started as a way of testing the acoustics of a new venue 32 years ago has developed into iconic cultural event that shines a spotlight on the talents of NSW public school


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