DG Weekly Wrap Up 26 June 2020

It’s been another great week visiting our schools and taking the opportunity to see the wonderful work that is being done to benefit the learning journey of every student.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 19 June 2020

I’ve had a busy week visiting a number of our wonderful schools and soaking in the positive energy of students and staff.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 12 June 2020

It’s been another busy week as our students settle in to a face to face learning routine.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 5 June 2020

This week we celebrate that all of our students are back at school as we mark the end of the staggered return to face to face learning.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 29 May 2020

We have had a busy week as we welcome more students back to the classroom, with schools welcoming their students back with lots of excitement and smiles.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 22 May 2020

It has been a busy and joyful week across ACT public schools as children began a staggered return to face-to-face learning.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 15 May 2020

I would like to start by commending the hard work of the Directorate in getting our children back to the classroom.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 8 May 2020

Despite the hardships that we have faced, we can be thankful that through the careful, united and sustained implementation of social distancing measures, the ACT has been able to successfully flatten the curve.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 1 May 2020

I’d like to start today by acknowledging how great it was to see through social media how children and their families and the broader community marked ANZAC Day in unique ways this year.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 24 April 2020

I appreciate that you have all been working hard this week, going above and beyond - many of you in your new workplace at home, some of you in schools and offices.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 17 April 2020

I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved break over Easter after the intensive efforts at the end of term 1 to design the new online learning model for our schools - and to adjust to new ways of working.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 9 April 2020

Once again, a great big thank you to you all for your ongoing commitment to finding solutions to the huge challenges that have been confronting us all.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 3 April 2020

I am writing to thank each and every staff member of the Education Directorate - in schools and the Education Support Office - for the commitment and flexibility you have shown in recent weeks as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for the delivery of education in the ACT.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 27 March 2020

What a week this has been! There is no question it has been particularly tough for everyone with so many new and unanticipated challenges.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 20 March 2020

In the ACT, we’re lucky to have an incredible network of dedicated and passionate educators working within our public school system, who over recent months have proven their commitment to education even when facing challenging times.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 13 March 2020

Yesterday Rebecca Cross emailed all Education staff about work we are doing to support schools and ESO during this challenging time.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 6 March 2020

Week 5 of Term 1 has already been and gone and it is terrific to hear stories from across our schools of engaging teaching and learning.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 28 February 2020

It has been a great pleasure this week to join the Education Directorate and plunge into hearing more about the many projects and priorities of public schools.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 21 February 2020

I represented the Education Directorate at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) event recently along with Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 14 February 2020

Week 2 of term has been a particularly joyous one as we effectively returned to normal with our core work supporting children and young people with their learning.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 7 February 2020

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Term 1, 2020.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 31 January 2020

It is almost hard to believe that after a somewhat unusual summer break our schools will be filled with students from Monday, ready and eager to learn in our world class, innovative and future focused ACT Public Schools.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 24 January 2020

This week I was privileged to join the Minister for Education and Early Child Development in welcoming about 220 new Canberra public school educators at an induction at the National Museum of Australia.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 17 January 2020

Welcome back to those of you who have returned to work this week. This week we have continued our preparations for the new school year.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 10 January 2020

As this week draws to a close, I’d like to remind everyone to take care and to look out for those around you; we’ve all been affected by the events of the season in some way.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 13 December 2019

This week has been particularly upsetting for us as we watched the fires in NSW.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 6 December 2019

It has been an exciting and very welcoming start to my first week working with you in the ACT Education Directorate.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 29 November 2019

With the number of end of year concerts and award ceremonies taking place across our schools, it is clear we are hitting peak end of school year fever.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 22 November 2019

This week our school leaders gathered for a special breakfast meeting to reflect on 2019, and channelling Marie Kondo a little, I asked them to consider the question – what brings you joy?

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 15 November 2019

We are mid-way through Term 4 and so much is happening across our schools and ESO. It’s an exciting time, with planning and preparations across schools for end of year theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, and graduation events as we approach the end of 2019.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 8 November 2019

It’s been another busy week across our schools and the Education Support Office this week, I’ve been delighted to see some of the exciting activities our schools have been engaged in to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, including Southern Cross Early Childhood School where some deep hands on learning took place with shoes off!

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 1 November 2019

Several significant public education celebration events occurred this week that have reinforced for me how proud we all should be of our staff working across all areas of the Directorate.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 25 October 2019

Firstly, thank you for the kind messages of thanks following the announcement this week of the appointment of Katy Haire as the Director-General.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 18 October 2019

What a week of celebrating the importance of public education and teachers! On Wednesday 40 teachers were invited to a breakfast to help celebrate teaching as in the lead up to the official World Teachers Day 2019 on Friday 25 October.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 11 October 2019

This week I met with members of the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations to discuss the progress of our joint Building Strong and Safe Communities for Learning project.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 4 October 2019

I am very happy to update you on our progress in implementing our Strategic Plan and to share with you one of our success stories so far.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 27 September 2019

I am thrilled to share with you some of the exciting events that occurred this week across the our schools and the Education Support Office.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 20 September 2019

Our climate has certainly been a theme this week especially with the school strike for climate today. The strike demonstrates just how important climate change is for our children and young people.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 13 September 2019

This week provided more opportunities for us all to consider the health and wellbeing of ourselves, our family and friends but also the children, young people and colleagues we work with every day.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 6 September 2019

As we finish week 7 of Term 3, I am reflecting on the terrific work being undertaken every day across our schools and the ESO in support of Canberra’s children and young people.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 30 August 2019

It has been another busy week across the ACT public education system

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 16 August 2019

There’s been so much good work happening across our Directorate.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 9 August 2019

I hope you’ve had a great week – I’ve been privileged to talk to many inspiring people and attend so many interesting events.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 2 August 2019

What a week! From the outstanding display of creative learning from our students as witnessed during the opening of Step into the Limelight annual art exhibition to the release of the implementation plan to support the Future of Education.

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DG Weekly Wrap Up 26 July 2019

I hope you’ve had a terrific week. Each week, I have the opportunity to see first-hand all the small and big things we do, teach, learn, create, discuss, solve and improve across Education in the ACT and I would like to share some of these with you.

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A message from the Director-General - New Directorate intranet

DG Message 30 June 2020

I am delighted to share with you the news that tomorrow our new intranet, ConnectED, will go live.

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A message from the Director-General - Term 3 and COVID-19 arrangements

DG Message 23 June 2020

We have only one and a half weeks left of what can only be described as an extraordinary term and I’d like to acknowledge just how magnificently our workforce, students and families have managed to adjust through the many changes we have experienced during the past eight weeks - from remote learning and safe and supervised sites to a return to on campus learning in our schools.

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A message from the Director-General: Back to school announcement 7 May 2020

DG Message 7 May 2020

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that our ACT public school students and teachers will start heading back to the classroom from Monday 18 May.

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A message from the Director-General: Canberra Strong Together public health campaign 30 April 2020

DG Message 30 April 2020

As we all know the last few months, indeed much of this year, has presented us with significant challenges both personally and for our community.

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A message from the Director-General: Safe and Supervised Sites announced 22 April 2020

DG Message 22 April 2020

Today the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry announced details of the Safe and Supervised Sites that we will have in place for the start of term 2 for students who cannot stay home to engage in remote learning.

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A message from the Director-General: Information for ESO staff working from home 9 April 2020

DG Message 9 April 2020

While much of the focus of our Directorate communication in recent weeks has understandably been focused on supporting our schools to transition to a whole new way of working and delivering education, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary way that ESO staff have so quickly adapted to new ways of working, and for most of you that has been from home.

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A message from the Director-General: Term 2 2020 - Remote learning for ACT public school students 8 April 2020

DG Message 8 April 2020

I’d like to start by thanking the many, many people in our schools - principals, teachers and staff - and the ESO who have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks planning, organising, training and preparing for today’s announcement by the Minister for Education Yvette Berry of a transformation in the way we will be delivering schooling for our ACT public school students in term 2 2020.

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A message from the Director-General: Information on working arrangements for ESO based staff

DG Message 24 March 2020

You may have seen yesterday’s email from Jacinta Evans, Deputy Director General Workforce Capability and Governance detailing working from home arrangements for ACT Public Servants.

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A message from the Director-General: Pupil free days from 24 March to school holidays update to school-based staff

DG Message 23 March 2020

I’m writing to provide you with the latest information about COVID-19 and ACT public schools and how this will impact our working environment in the immediate future.

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A message from the Director-General: Pupil free days and COVID-19 case update to ESO staff

DG Message 23 March 2020

The fast pace of developments in response to the spread of COVID-19 continued over the weekend for our ACT public schools with the significant announcement that our schools will be pupil free from tomorrow until the school holidays.

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A message from the Director-General, Rebecca Cross: COVID-19 Update

DG Message 17 March 2020

There have been quite a few developments in our response to the management of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since my DG Weekly Wrap Up last Friday.

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A message from the Director-General, Rebecca Cross: COVID-19 Update

DG Message 12 March 2020

As you may be aware through media reports today, an ACT community member has tested positive to COVID-19.

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A message from the Director-General, Rebecca Cross

DG Message 24 February 2020

I just wanted to briefly introduce myself, as I step into the Director-General role while Katy is on leave for three weeks.

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A message from the Director-General, Katy Haire

DG Message 7 January 2020

Bushfire Relief - Morning Tea Fundraiser this Friday

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A message from the Director-General, Katy Haire

DG Message 6 January 2020

You may have seen the email from the Head of Service this morning acknowledging how difficult these recent days have been for everyone in our community and our local region.

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A message from the Director-General

DG Message 3 January 2020

It is pleasing to see that the smoke haze has eased a little this morning and I was delighted to have a view of Black Mountain tower again on my walk to work this morning.

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A message from the Director-General

DG Message 2 January 2020

I hope that you and your family had an opportunity to relax and refresh during our recent stand down period.

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Merry Christmas from the Director-General

DG Message 19 December 2019

This is my last message for the year and I want to thank you for welcoming me to the Directorate, and your schools, with open arms.

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Message from the Director General re Appointment of Principal, Majura Primary School

DG Message 19 December 2019

As the 2019 school year comes to a close I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Liz Bobos as Principal of Majura Primary School.

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Message from the Director General

DG Message 2 December 2019

I am so pleased to be joining the ACT Education Directorate as the Director-General today.

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Public Education Awards Winners Congratulations

DG Message 1 November 2019

Last night we celebrated our talented and dedicated staff and volunteers at the ACT Public Education Awards: Celebrating Excellence at the Hotel Realm.

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Tickets to Public Education Awards - closing

DG Message 24 October 2019

There have been some outstanding nominations received for this year’s ACT Public Education Awards: Celebrating Excellence.

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DG Appointment

DG Message 23 October 2019

Today the Head of Service has announced that Katy Haire has been appointed as the Director-General, Education.

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ACT Government’s Infrastructure Plan

DG Message 17 October 2019

Today the Chief Minister launched the ACT Government’s Infrastructure Plan, outlining the future pipeline of ACT Government projects and priority works to address our city’s future growth.

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Principal Appointments

DG Message 14 October 2019

For those who managed to take some time off over the recent school holidays, I hope you had a refreshing break. For those who continued to work, thank you.

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R U OK? day

DG Message 12 September 2019

Today is R U Ok? Day which is all about remembering to stop and reflect on whether the people in your life

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School Climate Strike

DG Message 09 September 2019

As you may be aware, a school climate strike is planned for 20 September at Glebe Park (12pm-2pm).

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Work Health and Safety

DG Message 22 August 2019

At the end of Term 2, I wrote to you all with some information about our Work Health and Safety (WHS) focus for Term 3.

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Congratulations to EDU colleagues recognised at 2019 ACTPS Awards

DG Message 22 August 2019

Two of our esteemed colleagues were recognised yesterday afternoon at the 2019 ACT Public Service Awards for Excellence.

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ACT Public Sector Education Directorate (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2018-2022

DG Message 22 August 2019

I am pleased to announce that the ACT Public Sector Education Directorate (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2018-2022 has been overwhelmingly accepted by staff.

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