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. 

The night is the foundation's first awards night celebrating the achievements on the NSW public school community.  

Chief Executive Verity Firth said 10 scholarships and 36 recipients will be awarded.

"These scholarships recognise the talent and hard work of our students, teachers and principals in government schools," Ms Firth said.

"They provide financial assistance for students to follow their passion and for principals to hone their leadership skills."

"Celebrating the Achievements of Public Education will highlight the contribution that public schools, teachers, students and parents make to our community."

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and the department's director-general Michele Bruniges will take part in the proceedings with Craig Reucassel (formerly The Chaser) will compare the evening. The keynote address will be delivered by musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman.

The night, Celebrating the Achievements of Public Education is open to the public and free.

Register for the event.

Public Education Foundation scholarships

Friends of Zainab Scholarship – supports refugee students to finish Years 11 and 12 and enter tertiary study (16 recipients).

Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship – supports principals to attend a fully funded leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, all air fares and accommodation included (two recipients).

Pinpoint Scholarship – helps girls in the middle years of high school in Western Sydney to better participate in schooling (six recipients).

Mama Lena & Dino Gustin Scholarship – provides a six-week intensive Italian language immersion course in Rome for students in Years 11 or 12 (two recipients.)

The Medich Foundation Elizabeth H Blackburn Western Sydney Scholarship – supports senior igh school students in western Sydney who are interested in studying a medial related course the University of Western Sydney (three recipients). 

The Jan Levett Scholarship for Drama – encourages female students in senior high school in a remote or regional community to pursue a career in the dramatic arts (one recipient).

Inner West Technology Scholarship – open to students in Year 9 in the Marrickville, Canterbury or City of Sydney areas who are interested in pursuing a career in the trades or technology (two recipients).

The FEX Group Scholarship – provides financial and practical support to help students interested in building a career in economics or finance (one recipient).

Emorgo Foundation Conservatorium High School Scholarship – helps talented musicians attend the Conservatorium High School (one recipient).

Una May Smith Aboriginal Scholarship – a scholarship designed to give Aboriginal students access to financial support and mentoring throughout their education (two recipients - Kindergarten and Year 7).

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