The sounds of children singing and reciting poetry, playing in bands and enjoying dancing will add an extra buzz for shoppers in the Marketplace from Monday August 6, as Education Week gets into full swing.
Celebrations in Wagga include a week of performances, static displays and the annual chess challenge.
There will be open days at schools encouraging people see great teaching and learning in practice, find out about the many opportunities available and to help celebrate all that is great about public education.
The Wagga Marketplace performances will commence with the opening ceremony at 2pm, on Monday, August 6.
From the drums of Yanco Agricultural High School, the welcome to country by Wiradjuri elder, Aunty Gail Manderson and addresses from education director, Jenene McGrath and Education Week chairperson, Michael Woolbank, to performance items including Riverina Central Choir, school dance groups and vocalists, the opening ceremony will provide a fitting start to the week of celebrations.
More than 1000 students will take to the stage in front of BigW throughout the week with different school choirs, musicians, vocalists and dancers performing each day.
The annual chess challenge continues to grow in popularity; this year teams from 11 schools will compete for the perpetual trophy.
Heats will take place in the new hallway of Marketplace from 10am Thursday with the finals commencing at 2pm in the main stage area.
This year’s Education Week theme is, “today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world.”
It highlights the important roles undertaken by schools and their teachers, preparing students for being active citizens in the 21st century, able to embrace challenges and ever-increasing technological advancements.
Schools across NSW are ready to celebrate the week and applaud the many achievements of public schools and their students. Everyone is invited to the celebrations.
Our schools are very future-focused, preparing and equipping young people with the skills, the knowledge and the capabilities they need to lead and flourish in tomorrow’s worldDepartment of Education secretary Mark Scott