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GO Foundation Indigenous Scholarship Launched

MEDIA RELEASE 30 August 2017:  The GO Foundation Public Education Scholarships: Empowering Indigenous Students The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is excited to announce the launch of the new GO Foundation Scholarships for Indigenous students in NSW public schools. The GO Foundation seeks to empower Indigenous youth through education. Founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin in 2009, the GO Foundation continues to expand its Indigenous Scholarship Program to address specific areas of need. In 2018, four GO [...]

Essay competition winner celebrates diversity in public schools

1 August 2017: Essay competition winner celebrates diversity in public schools It is our pleasure to announce that Dymtro Kucheryavyy is the winner of the 2017 Public Education Foundation’s Essay Competition. Dymtro is a year 11 student at Lucas Heights Community School. The judging panel, which comprised of members of the Retired Teachers Association, noted that Dymtro put forward a compelling case for public education. “Public education is a widely diverse community because anyone is accepted into [...]

After fleeing Aleppo less than 4 years ago, Baraa is excelling at Holroyd High School

Good evening everyone, I’m Baraa Omar from Holroyd High School. I come from Syria, Aleppo. I have been here in Australia for four years with my family consisting of my parents and my 3 siblings. I came when I was 12 years old; I came from Syria due to war in 2013. I started learning English at the Intensive English Centre at Holroyd and then moved to high school directly to year 8 continuing my learning progress [...]

Kind-hearted Shakeilah is a class leader

22 May 2017: Shakeila Bartman might only be in her first years of school, but her leadership skills are all ready shining through. The Toomelah Public School student was named the winner of the inaugural Camburn Withers Scholarship at the Proudly Public! Celebrating Excellence in Public Schools’ awards night at Sydney Town Hall this week (Wednesday, 17 May). Shakeila’s scholarship supports an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student through primary school. “Shakeilah is in Grade Two and is 7 years-old. [...]

The Furore Over Gonski 2.0

By David Hetherington, Executive Director, Public Education Foundation You just can’t script it.  Trump’s 100 days an unparalleled success.  Teresa May declares war on Brussels.  And for a fresh set of eyes on Australian education after the Gonski years, Malcolm Turnbull appoints… David Gonski. What to make of this last political eye-catcher?  The first thing to say is that it’s clever politics. In a moment, it takes the sting out of the most powerful word in the [...]

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