Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    Minister opens Education Week

    16/10/2000 3:45 PM

    Education Week 2000 opened this morning in the way it intends to carry on - with a burst of music, song and dance showcasing the Government schools’ best talents.

    The formal launch by Education Minister Colin Barnett in Forrest Chase featured the Kelmscott SHS jazz band and dancers from John Curtin College of the Arts.

    Mr Barnett said Education Week was a way all Government schools could celebrate their achievements and showcase the talents of their students and staff.

    He said during the week schools throughout Western Australia would take their achievements to the community, to increase public awareness of what Government schools were doing.

    “For the first time, schools will take their talents to the cities of Perth and Fremantle,” the Minister said.

    “One-hour lunchtime concerts, or Lunchbox Concerts, will take place in five city locations from noon to 1pm each workday and in Fremantle Town Hall on Friday.

    “City workers should head to Governor Stirling Tower, Central Park, Allendale Square, SGIO Atrium, QV1 or the Town Hall during their lunch breaks.

    “The Quest for Excellence Awards will acknowledge student endeavour and excellence in education in the areas of written expression, visual arts, performing arts and citizenship.”

    Mr Barnett said visual and manual arts pieces entered in the Quest awards were being displayed as part of the Young Originals Exhibition at the Western Australian Museum’s Hellenic Gallery during October.

    He said the Aboriginal Awards for Excellence and the Languages other than English (LOTE) Scholarships would also recognise excellence in those areas of education.

    In its 13th year, Education Week this year runs from October 15-21. The theme for 2000 is Education: A Foundation for Life.

    Education Department Director General Peter Browne said across the State, schools would demonstrate the week’s theme with open days and community interaction at schools and public venues.

    “The community will witness some of the diversity of programs and approaches to teaching and learning that characterise the classroom today and the changing learning environments, which ultimately enable us to meet the needs of each child,” Mr Browne said.

    “Banners produced by students are displayed along St George’s Terrace.

    “In addition, a multitude of school activities will be complemented by district level events, including seminars for professional development of teachers and concerts shared with local business, providing opportunities for schools to develop important community ties.

    “Award ceremonies and breakfast forums across the districts will offer recognition for exemplary work being done by students and teachers and community groups.”

    Media contacts:
    Diana Callander 9222 9699
    Andy O’Brien 9264 5821 - Education Department