Young Victorians Inspired to Move, Make and Motivate
Students across the state are being encouraged to take an active role in their learning journeys, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Local MPs, Juliana Addison and Michaela Settle helped kick off Education Week at Ballarat Tech School, where local students rolled up their sleeves to enjoy some of the programs on offer this year.
Education Week runs from Sunday 14 May to Saturday 20 May, with the theme – ‘Active Learners: Move, Make, Motivate’, which celebrates physical activity, hands-on learning and student voice in education.
This year’s theme reflects Labor Government programs, priorities and reforms including Active Schools, the new VCE Vocational Major, Tech Schools, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular and student voice in education.
Students enjoyed an array of programs at Ballarat Tech School, from learning how to create their own bush food flavoured chocolate from scratch, to learning how to code a NAO Humanoid Robot to speak and interact in a service industry or healthcare scenario.
Ballarat Tech School is one of 10 Tech Schools which were established by the Victorian Government as part of its commitment to prepare secondary students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue STEM careers in new and emerging industries.
The Victorian Government is investing $116 million to open six new cutting-edge Tech Schools, which will offer immersive high-tech STEM programs to local secondary schools.
During Education Week, students across the state will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun and engaging free activities hosted by a number of community organisations.
From virtual storytimes to footy and coding workshops, there’s something on offer for all year levels, and some professional learning for teachers too.
To find more about the free events and activities available to Victorian Government Schools, visit www.vic.gov.au/education-week.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins
“This Education Week, I encourage you to get active in your learning, whether that’s through physical activity, hands-on-learning or leading through student voice.”
“I hope all Victorian government school students get involved in some of the great excursions, incursions and online events hosted by leading culture, sport and education organisations as part of Education Week this year.”
Quotes attributable to Juliana Addison MP Member for Wendouree
“During Education Week, and every week, the Ballarat Tech School engages students with hands on active learning opportunities. Through these innovative programs, students from across Ballarat are encouraged to think outside the square and look towards the future.
Quotes attributable to Michaela Settle MP Member for Eureka
“Education is the cornerstone of a vibrant, innovative community. As we celebrate Education Week, it’s great to see students taking an active role in their learning. The programs on offer at the Ballarat Tech School are world-class, and it’s fantastic to have these opportunities for students in our region.”