Tuesday , December 10 2019
#GreatPlaceToWork ... Connie Mezzanotte and Sue McCoy (front, L-R) are among more than 30 school SAS staff who work at Cabramatta High School. Image courtesy of NSW department of education.

NSW recognising unsung school heroes

This week, NSW public schools are acknowledging the dedicated workers who assist in the day-to-day running our schools.

School Administrative and Support Staff Recognition Week is an annual event to say thanks to SAS staff who include:

  • Aboriginal education officers
  • farm assistants
  • general assistants
  • school administrative managers
  • school administrative officers
  • school learning support officers.

Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott thanked the staff who support more than 810,000 public school students.

“Our SAS staff are often the first people parents and students see when they come to a school and that first welcoming impression is incredibly important,” Mr Scott said.

“They are vital to the day-to-day running of schools and are of tremendous support to teachers and students.”

The roles played by SAS staff in schools are varied and complex, from providing first aid care and processing enrolments and finances, to ensuring science labs, libraries and playgrounds are ready for use.

At Cabramatta High School, in Sydney’s south-west, more than 30 SAS staff aid student learning.

“Teachers rely on the SAS staff to organise equipment, purchase and prepare class materials and help students in classrooms understand the lesson,” Cabramatta High School Principal Beth Godwin said.

“The high quality of this support translates directly into high quality student outcomes.

“It is often teachers that get the accolades for student success. It is really the partnership between teachers and administration staff that creates an environment to ensure success.”

About NSW Department of Education

NSW Department of Education
This story was written by the NSW Department of Education. School News shares it with permission.

Check Also

Report cards’ report card: showing potential, but with room for improvement

Teachers and parents are dissatisfied with aspects of the way report cards communicate student achievement

Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s time more Australian schools taught Australian books

Concerns grow amid revelations Sydney University has withdrawn funding from its Chair of Australian Literature – the nation’s first.