State politics | An eye on our students’ future

SMILE: Education Week is being celebrated across the Bathurst electorate. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the theme this year is “Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world”.
SMILE: Education Week is being celebrated across the Bathurst electorate. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the theme this year is “Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world”.

IT’S great to see public schools across the Bathurst electorate embracing Education Week.

The Education Week theme of “Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world” shows how the NSW Government is dedicated to helping future-proof students to be able to succeed in the 21st century.

We live in a time when the traditional walls of the classroom are opening up to new worlds of learning, paving the way for students to connect and work together with their peers not only regionally, but on a national and global scale. 

Education Week highlights the achievements of public education and schools and puts the spotlight on not only the students, but also the educators and the school communities.

NSW has a world class education system and I am proud the NSW Government is supporting this through a record $6 billion in funding to build the classrooms and schools of the future.

Just think: a young child who started kindergarten this year will leave the school system in 2030. 

It’s never been more vital that we are ensuring today’s students have the skills they need to thrive in life and achieve their full potential. 

DIGITAL LEARNING

AS part of Education Week, the NSW Government has launched a $23 million package of digital learning resources that will be available for every public school student to learn new technology skills from term four.

The STEMShare program includes technology kits, teacher training, curriculum-linked learning and online tools.

The aim is to allow schools to teach students skills to solve the problems of tomorrow by thinking critically, working in teams, being able to communicate clearly across a range of media platforms, and continuing to learn to engage with new and evolving technologies.

What a great initiative, and another example of how this government is striving to ensure our young people are given every chance to succeed in life.

IMPORTANT JABS

THIS week the NSW Government announced thousands more NSW students will be offered free meningococcal vaccine over the coming year to protect them from this debilitating disease.

More than 200,000 teenagers have been provided with this free vaccine so far and I would urge every parent or guardian of year 10 and 11 students across the electorate to discuss this with their son or daughter with a view to having the jab over the next two terms.

Just one dose of the vaccine provides strong, long-term protection and helps prevent the spread of this disease in the community.