National Gonski Week starts October 26

Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett registered her support for the Gonski needs-based schools funding campaign at the annual Hunters Hill Moocooboola Festival at Boronia Park on Sunday August 2

The current phase of the Gonski campaign is building towards National Gonski Week, commencing on October 26.

Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the Gonski funding model was arguably the most important piece of social reform of the last 30 years.

“Already, in schools across NSW, the additional needs-based funding is having a positive impact, but it is at risk,” he said.

“This new era in schools funding could be terminated abruptly at the end of 2017, well short of the six years needed to bring all schools up to a minimum schooling resource standard, unless we can convince the Federal Government to honour the NSW Agreement.”

The telling of Gonski good news stories is a powerful campaigning tool.

Acting principal Chris Hollis, relieving principal Suellen Mair and principal Sue French of Fairfield TA told local Federal MP and Labor heavyweight Chris Bowen the extraordinary impact Gonski funding was having on students and school communities.

Mr Mulheron said: “Make sure your school community is informed of the teaching and learning initiatives being funded by the additional Gonski money. Contact your local Organiser to find out how your stories can reach a wider audience.”

Schools are asked to celebrate National Gonski Week.

  • Invite teachers, parents, federal and state MPs to an event, such as a Gonski morning tea, Grandparents Day or a community breakfast.
  • Share the school’s Gonski story. Detail what more the school could achieve if years 5 and 6 of the NSW Gonski Agreement were fully funded. Ask parents to send this message to local MPs.
  • Distribute Gonski information to parents and the local community (Federation will supply schools with material and online information).
  • Show the new national Gonski video, which will be produced for the week.
  • Wear green.
  • Sign up teachers and parents to igiveagonski.com.au