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News and Media 2017-03-27T04:03:47+00:00

An ambitious vision for Public Education

The Educator, 22 November 2017: By Brett Henebery Murat Dizdar is the deputy secretary of operations and performance at the NSW Department of Education, making him the person responsible for operational and service delivery in NSW public schools. And it’s a monumental task. With 2,177 government schools, NSW has the largest public education sector in Australia and is expected to grow even more as the system prepares to accommodate an extra 164,000 students by 2031. In June, Dizdar was [...]

School’s ‘crucial’ program helps refugee students transition into their new lives in Australia

14 September, 2017: Sydney's Chester Hill High School has been recognised by the Public Education Foundation for their Refugee Welcome Program, which helps refugee students get familiar with their new surroundings. A high school in Sydney's south-west has been recognised for helping refugees transition into their new lives in Australia. Chester Hill High School's "Refugee Welcome Program" is a school-wide program, with its Intensive English Centre (IEC) at the core. The program is designed to help refugees acclimatise [...]

Rockingham Beach Primary School principal goes Ivy League

2 September 2017: Stefanie Balogh, The Australian --- It’s undoubtedly a long way from Perth’s suburban outskirts to the lecture halls of one of the world’s centres of learning excellence, Harvard. As many do, Rockingham Beach Primary School principal Jacqui O’Donnell had dreamed of one day setting foot on the Ivy League university’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In July, reality surpassed her daydreams when O’Donnell attended an intensive professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education [...]

Refugee friends look to futures in medical field after receiving scholarships

THEY’VE each fled war-torn countries, but three young refugee women are looking to the future and hoping to use scholarships to enter futures in the medical sphere. Friends Alaa Krayem, Hadeel Alnashy and Ramsina Oshana met at Bankstown Intensive English Centre and were three of 270 students awarded with the Public Education Foundation’s Friends of Zainab scholarship. The scholarship, worth $1000 over two years, is to help refugee students in public education. All three would like to study [...]

Doonside Technology High School student Achan Lual Majok awarded Scholarship

More school work would not be high on most teenager’s wish lists, but that’s exactly how Achan Lual Majok plans to spend a timely $1000 boost. The Doonside Technology High School student last week accepted the Public Education Foundation’s Friends of Zainab Scholarship, which is open to senior secondary and tertiary students from a refugee background. The scholarship was established in 2002 by Holroyd High School principal Dorothy Hoddinott, to help young refugee student Zainab Kaabi finish school and [...]

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