Griffith’s schools will join schools across the state this week in celebrating public education.
The state-run initiative aims to promote the value of education in the NSW public school system.
Griffith East Public School are just one Griffith schools taking time out to mark the occasion. Principal Andrew Pryor said the week is a time to celebrate.
“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic learning we have in public schools. It’s a great time to celebrate with our community,” he said.
“We have quite a few opportunities where our students put on displays. Education week is always a real exciting time because we have.”
Griffith East will have an open school 10:30 am to 11.15 am before moving into a special school assembly.
Hanwood Public School Principal Monica St Baker agrees.
“It’s incredibly important to celebrate schooling, learning and teaching. It gives our teachers a chance to show what they’re doing in the classrooms,” she said.
“It gives our children a chance to show what they’re learning and to be excited about what they’re learning.”
"On Friday we have a big open day that involves parents coming to look at the work in the classroom,” she said.
“Then they’re invited to come and have afternoon tea with the children.”
The open day is followed by a special awards ceremony. Mrs St Baker said this is a good opportunity to recognise hardworking students.
“We like to acknowledge students who are those great students and those great role-models. They get acknowledged with a significant and a book,” she said.
Public Education Week also provides students the opportunity to show how far they’ve come during the year and what they’ve been up to at school.
Griffith Public School year six student Isabel Vozzo said her favourite part of school is choir.
“I like how choir is a way we can express everything. I love it because it because you can sing different types of songs. You can express yourself,” she said.
“School is a place a where your dreams can come true.”
Fellow Griffith Public School student Jaylan Pia also likes expressing herself at school through her favourite subject.
“I like that the education that’s provided. I like really art,” she said.
“I like it because you can express yourself.”
This year’s theme is “today’s schools, creating tomorrow’s world”, showcasing the way young people are equipped for the wider world through the public school system.
Education week runs from Monday, August 6 until Friday August 10.