This week celebrates the 60th year of Education Week across NSW schools. The tagline, “lighting the way to a better world” is from the original 1954 launch. This slogan is being used again to symbolise how although many things have changed in schools over the years, promoting education for the purpose of bettering future generations has remained constant.
Canowindra Public School is holding open classrooms on the 31st July from 12:15pm to 1pm. This will give parents the chance to see what their children are learning. Lunch won’t be provided although parents are welcome to bring a packed lunch to share with their children in the playground. There will also be a skipping workshop and an ICAS English Competition on the Tuesday. “Although the methodology’s changed the message remains the same” Principal Eric Toole said, referring to the Education Week slogan. Their newsletter also states, “Schools have changed hugely in the past 60 years, the main aim, the big picture, is…giving future citizens the skills to be valuable members of society.”
St Edwards Primary have already celebrated in their own way earlier in the year with Catholic Education Week so won’t be doing anything particular for this event. Although “every week is education week here” Principal Ken Mcnamara says. Instead St Edwards will be holding the Southern Region Athletics Carnival this Friday at the Canowindra Sports Trust Oval. Athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the track or field event will progress to the Bathurst Diocesan Carnival. This carnival will be held on Friday, 8th August at MacKillop Girls’ College in Bathurst. The school newsletter states, “Hosting the Carnival is a wonderful fundraiser for us.”
Canowindra High School are having a competition centred on the week’s theme and what it means to the students. Entries can be art, poetry or whatever creative means they can think of and there will be three prizes. Principals of Central West Schools are also meeting on Thursday and Friday to look at the development of education. “It’s the same message we’re trying to get across” the Principal, Neryle Smurthwaite, stated.
By Rhi Quinn