Running from the May 20 to 26, Education Week will give students, teachers and the community the opportunity to get involved in a range of music, dance, drama, visual art and media arts.
Arts and cultural organisations including the National Gallery of Victoria, Circus Oz and Sovereign Hill Gold Museum are running free activities and events for students to celebrate Education Week, and schools are encouraged to get involved.
From learning the art of clowning, puppetry, slam poetry and painting to exploring some of Victoria’s leading galleries and theatres, students can enjoy a wide range of inspiring arts experiences.
Now in its 74th year, Education Week is also an opportunity for schools and early childhood services to open their doors to the community and showcase what is being done to drive student achievement in the arts.
Activities could include displaying student work, for example through a concert, art exhibition or performance.
Schools are encouraged to include their community events in the Education Week online and people are encouraged to connect with local schools to see what’s happening.
Celebrating the arts as part of Education Week reflects the education state target of ‘Learning for Life’ – its aim is to improve learning outcomes for every child, in every classroom, in every community to provide the best chance of success in work, and in life.
Student engagement in the arts can also help improve educational outcomes by boosting motivation and creativity, building confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, cooperation and collaboration as well as forging friendships and a sense of belonging.