Next week is Public Education Week for all public schools across NSW, and at Canowindra High School, each faculty will be doing its own special something to celebrate what’s great about public education. But Principal Mrs Smurthwaite said her school gives all students the diverse learning environment they need at all times, and not just on special occasions.
On August 15 it will host wheelchair basketball players, who will give talks and clinics to students, and enforce the fact that a disability doesn’t have to be a disability. It will host the Black Dog Institute in late August, which will give special talks to students. Canowindra Public School will be using Education Week next week to host its annual Scholastic Book Fair and its open day for parents.
The Book Fair will be held next Friday, and will offer students and the school’s wider community a great opportunity to purchase some great reads. The school’s open day will be next Wednesday between 12pm and 1pm, and will provide parents or guardians of the students the chance to see their children completing class work.
There is more happening at the school as well. It will host its trivia night fundraiser on August 13 and its school concert on September 21, while 45 students will attend this year’s district athletics carnival in Cowra.
Cudal Public School’s Education Week theme is “Shared Stories, Better Learning, Stronger Communities”, and school celebrations will support this through a book fair and parade, and a ‘parents as teachers’ session, where parents are invited to come into the school and share their stories and special interests. An Access Asia carousel day, where students will immerse themselves in Cambodian culture, music, games, cooking and sport, will also take place. To conclude the week a formal church service and assembly will be held before everyone gets to witness a very special talent quest conducted by all students showcasing their individual talents in drama, music, dance and vocals.
Other village schools near Canowindra are Cargo Public School and Goologong Public School, and each of these schools will be holding their own events for Education Week as well. As their motto goes, “small schools are great schools”.