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School arrangements for Term 4, including end of year events

Home Learning: Resources for Students and Families

ACT Education Directorate

We aim to develop and deliver educational services to empower each child and young person in the ACT to learn for life.

26 Nov 2020

From belief to The Big Screen

From a young age, Monica Zanetti knew she wanted to work in the arts. Monica has always genuinely believed - if she worked hard enough and she persevered - that she’d get there.

24 Nov 2020

Villony Virus Comes to Town

Villony Virus Comes to Town is a helpful new resource, designed to assist parents and carers in communicating about the pandemic to primary school aged children. The book, authored by NSW based clinical psychologist Janice McKay, was based on her own family’s experiences with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.

23 Nov 2020

The Great Outdoors

Faith Bentley is passionate about outdoor education. In her second year at Ainslie School, Faith is a classroom teacher who also serves as the school’s Outdoor Learning Curator.

18 Nov 2020

Celebrating exceptional contributions to public education

The 2020 ACT Public Education Awards recognise the exceptional people in our public school communities, who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations for their role to ensure all children receive high quality public education and the very best start in life.

13 Nov 2020

Larger end of year events

The Chief Health Officer has announced a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions for end of year events across schools.The eased restrictions mean that up to 500 parents and family members will be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies on school sites.

10 Nov 2020

Leading the business of schools

The ACT Public Schools Business Managers Leadership Summit was held on Friday 6 November 2020, recognising the significant role Business Managers play in supporting teachers, students, staff and the school community and to invest in their ongoing professional growth.

2021 School enrolments now open

Parents and Carers Hotline

Parents and carers are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or school principal about any issue or concern regarding their child’s welfare. Alternatively, parents, carers and community members can raise any concerns with the ACT Education Directorate through the Families and Students, Complaints and Feedback Unit online via the ACT Education Directorate contact form or by phone (02) 6205 5429 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Future of Education

Every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. The Future of Education Strategy outlines a 10-year plan to make sure the focus and investment achieves the best future for all children and young people in the ACT.

Rebecca Andrews

Teacher Spotlight: Rebecca Andrews

Rebecca Andrews - Teacher, Black Mountain School

I get to know these kids so well as I become their voice and help them find their voice, and seeing them coming out their shell is the most rewarding thing.

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Mandy Kalyvas needs no introduction to our school communities. This year, Mandy was the joint winner of the School Leader of the Year Award. She was instrumental in leading the response to support school leaders and teachers to pivot to online teaching during term 1 and 2 of 2020. Mandy led the development of a Home Learning website that provided students and families with a range of resources, lessons, and activities. She also enabled the development of a Professional Learning Community to share resources and practice and a Teacher Resource Centre to host a wide range of digital resources to support teachers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandy’s positive and empowering leadership saw the development of these resources is a short timeframe to support our school leaders and teachers ACT wide throughout 2020.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Jean Walker went above and beyond in her support for parents and the wider community. She assisted families to understand the response to the pandemic and the impact it may have on their child’s health, wellbeing and learning. Jean’s approach always allowed families as much talking time as they needed and she always followed up to see if there were any other supports required. She became the calming voice of the Directorate for many families during this challenging and unprecedented year. It’s no surprise that Jean took home the Education Support Office Employee of the Year Award at the 2020 Public Education Awards.