Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: Read more

Mr Simmons being interviewed by Chuck Awobbly

Hollywood comes to Cessnock East

All the glitz and glamour of Hollywood came to Cessnock East Public School on Tuesday with the staging of the very first 'Eastcars' (Cessnock East's version of Hollywood's Oscars). There were smiles all round from the Stars, the students, who were welcomed back to school for 2018 by their adoring fans, the Staff. Students were met at the school gate by fans, autograph hunters and the paparazzi, all clamouring to see the stars walk down the red carpet, with many being interviewed by Celebrity Reporter, Chuck Awobbly, for Star TV. A Stretch... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Kayla with her Trophies and medals

Congratulations Kayla

We would like to congratulate Kayla on her fantastic achievement in the 2017 Australian Trampoling Championships. Kayla recently travelled to Melbourne to compete against approximately 38 girls and was placed 1st in the Under 11's Individual event for the second year in a row. Kayla then competed in the Under 13's Synchronised event with a fellow team member, again taking out 1st Place ahead of 36 other competitors. This fantastic effort has awarded Kayla with two Australain National Titles for 2017. The team, consisting of four members from... Read more

2017 School Leaders

2017 School Leaders

Congratulations to Kade, Makenzie, Lara, Adam, Kalani and Olivia on your election as our School Leadership team for 2017.... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more

Outstanding results across the Stages

Outstanding results lead to an Amazing opportunity

We are excited to announce our school executive has been selected to attend the 2016 Education Symposium: Future reform Directions for NSW, an invitation that is only offered to twelve schools across government, Catholic and Independent schools. The invitation to the symposium is a collaboration of this year's outstanding NAPLAN results with Year 3 being above state average across the NAPLAN bands, the remarkable growth from Year 3 to Year 5, and Year 5 to Year 7. These results are contributed to our inclusion with the Early Action for Success... Read more

Elizabeth with her Trophy

Congratulations Elizabeth!

We would all like to congratulate Elizabeth on her success at this year's Abermain Eisteddfod. Elizabeth competed against children two years her senior in the 8 Years and under Prepared Speech section gaining First Place. Well done on your achievement Elizabeth.... Read more

Free at last

Cessnock East Goes Global

Cessnock East has launched into 22nd Century learning following a two week visit from international educators, Carl Jarvis, Jon Chapman and Daniel Callaghan. Visiting from Lincoln in the United Kingdom Carl, Jon & Daniel worked with our staff and students to implement Project and Challenged based learning. This weeks challenge saw Mr Procter being "kidnapped" and locked into the cellar. Using mathematical, literacy, technology and team building skills, students were able to release Mr Procter. But is Mr P his usual self? Follow us on... Read more

Gold Medallist Kayla with her trophy and medallion

Kayla Wins Gold!

Cessnock East Public School is extremely proud of our Year 3 student Kayla Germyn. Kayla recently travelled to Melbourne as part of the Cessnock PCYC Trampolining team to compete in the Australian National Championship event. Kayla won gold in the under-11 women's division, placing first against competitors two years her senior and placed seventh in the synchronised event (with Sydney athlete Maddison Rodd). Congratulations Kayla and your team members for such a successful competition bringing home six gold medals between them.... Read more

A new school year

Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more

Applications for student travel 2016

From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more

2016 school funding allocations

All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more

P&C Family Fun Fair

The P&C are currently organising a Family Fun Fair that will be held on Thursday 13th August from 2 pm till 6 pm. Stall holders are invited to attend with a $20 charge per stall. More information will be sent home early Term 3.... Read more

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