Inspired learning, inspired leadership

The Department of Education is proud of its high quality curriculum and university-trained teaching professionals who provide students with the skills and opportunities to lead productive and rewarding lives as responsible citizens in Australia and internationally.

Students in the 21st century will be lifelong learners in a complex and changing world where new technologies are creating global classrooms and business environments.

Many NSW Government School graduates have achieved high-profile positions in law, medicine, government, business, sport and entertainment in Australia and globally.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales

Her Excellency is the Governor of NSW and also Chancellor of the University of Sydney. The Governor, a strong advocate for government education, attended Narrandera Public School, Sydney Girls High School, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and studied Medicine at the University of Sydney.

"The NSW Government rewards and recognises those international students who have done so well and celebrates the outstanding contribution they make to New South Wales, their schools and ultimately, beyond."

Isa 2013 winners
Caption: DE International 2013 Award winners, consular officials and senior education officers with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW (front centre).

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Longest serving judge in the High Court of Australia

Strathfield North and Summer Hill Public Schools, Fort Street High School

Next to your parents, teachers have the greatest influence on your mind expansion. I believe in the values of public schools – citizenship, respect for each other, equality. I'm proud to be a NSW Public School Ambassador.

Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja
Pakistani-born Australian Cricketer

Westfields Sports High School

The opportunities I received at Westfields Sports High set me up for my career through a flexible learning environment. My teachers helped me to get where I am today - playing cricket for Australia with a Bachelor's degree in Aviation.

Mark Ella AM

Mark Ella AM
International Rugby Union Champion
1982 Young Australian of the Year
Director Sports and Entertainment Group

Matraville Sports High School

Matraville Sports High provided me the skills and opportunities I needed to excel at Rugby Union and in all areas of my life. Mentors believe in your ability, they help you focus and keep you on the straight and narrow. The teachers supported me so I was able to dedicate time to my sporting pursuits and achieve my academic goals.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
Captain Australian Cricket Team for Test and One Day International Games

Westfields Sports High

Westfields Sports High provided me the opportunities to excel at cricket, whilst completing my schooling. The teachers ensured I was able to dedicate time to my sporting pursuits and to achieve my academic goals. I enjoyed my time at Westfields Sports High and am proud to have attended a NSW public school.

Brett Lee

Brett Lee
Australian Cricketer (retired) and Indian Premier League and Twenty20 Competition Player

Ballarang Primary and Oak Flats High

I attended Ballarang Primary School and completed my schooling at Oak Flats High. The teachers encouraged me to be the best I could be and to develop my skills in a wide range of sports including cricket. The schools offered a variety of subject choices and enabled me to achieve academically. I am proud of my public schooling, and grateful for the opportunities my school provided.

Alexandra Croak

Alexandra Croak
Dual Olympian Gymnastics - Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Diving - Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Tyalla and Aranda Primary Schools, Canberra High, Karabar Distance Education, Kiama High School

Public education provided me with knowledge and various skills. I am very proud to be an ambassador for public education. I have learned so much through the sports I have participated in and would not be the person I am today without the involvement in sport that I have had.

Susan Pratley

Susan Pratley
Australian National Netball Team

Quaama Public School and Bega High School

I attended NSW public schools throughout my schooling years, and I believed it offered me a great blend of sports and academic subjects and allowed me strive to be the best that I could be. I am very proud to be an ambassador for public education.

Taryn Woods OAM

Taryn Woods OAM
Olympian Water Polo and Gold Medallist Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Birchgrove Primary School and Fort Stret High School

Throughout my public school education I was encouraged to be the best I could be both in the classroom and in the sporting arena. Even though my family has had a long involvement with water polo, I played my first game with the school water polo team. That is where my love of the sport started. The school offered a great blend of sport and academic opportunities to provide me with a well-rounded education that set me up with knowledge and skills for life. I am proud to be an Ambassador for public education.

Anne Sargeant OAM

Anne Sargeant OAM
Australian Netballer – Former Australian Captain
Sports Journalist and Commentator

Killarney Heights High School

I am genuinely appreciative of the experience and opportunities afforded me as a result of my time as a student in the NSW Public School system. I was given the opportunity to extend myself both intellectually and physically, important to an "all-rounder" who valued equally her scholastic and sporting achievements. I also appreciate the opportunities offered to develop my social and leadership skills. I remember talented and committed teachers who made their mark by encouraging me to develop my talents and to be the best I could be. I am respectful that this experience has in so many ways laid the foundation for success and fulfilment both in my career and in my sport.

Mike Whitney

Mike Whitney
Australian and International Cricketer
Television Host

South Sydney High

Public education played a huge role in setting me on a pathway to become an international cricketer as well as a television presenter. Without the support and guidance of my teachers from schools, I do not believe I would have had the opportunity to lead such a rewarding life.

Robyn Leggatt OAM

Robyn Leggatt OAM
Former Captain Australian Olympic Hockey Team
Deputy Principal West Wallsend High School

Chatham Primary School and High School

The schools I attended set me up with the best knowledge and skills and I'm proud to be an ambassador for public education. I was offered a great blend of sport and academic subjects which allowed me to do my best in both fields.


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