26 September 2023

Schools sing praises of unsung servants

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Schools across the State are celebrating the efforts of their non-teaching staff this week as School Administrative and Support (SAS) Staff Recognition Week unfolds.

Responsible for the vital jobs of helping with classrooms, school offices, libraries and grounds, the SAS staff are being honoured for the dedication they bring to the day-to-day running of NSW’s public schools.

Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott thanked the staff for supporting 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.”

He said SAS Staff Recognition Week was an annual event to say ‘thanks’ to SAS staff who include Aboriginal education officers; farm assistants; general assistants; learning support officers; and administrative managers and officers.

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

Principal of Cabramatta High School, Beth Godwin said teachers often get the accolades for student success, when it’s really the partnership between teachers and the administration staff that creates an environment to ensure success.

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