150 Years of Public Education

Tasmanian public education celebrates a significant milestone in 2018. This year marks 150 years of providing children across the state with the best start in life. In 1868 the colony of Tasmania became the first in Australia to make attendance for children between the ages of seven and 12 compulsory. Five years later the upper age limit was increased to 14 years.

Public education, which comprises both our schools, network of libraries and the archives, remains a cornerstone of Tasmanian society and its future. Tasmania’s public education builds communities that aspire to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers.

The 150th anniversary will be celebrated with series of events promoting the achievements and significance of public education in Tasmania, with the theme of ‘then, now and beyond’.

On 18 October, a small yet diverse group of nominated Ambassadors became the faces of the yearlong celebration. This will be supported through a campaign. The Ambassadors are former or current state school students or staff who will champion the public education system by sharing their stories and memories of school life, and promoting the contribution public education has made to the Tasmanian community.

Find out more about the Ambassadors

In 2019, the 150th anniversary will also be celebrated within the public school classrooms across the state, with the curriculum to include resources covering the history and themes of the milestone, as well as a competition for students to look 150 years ahead.

By way of a finale for 150th anniversary of public education celebrations regional schools, CFC’s and libraries will join together in late September 2019 to celebrate what is great about public education in Tasmania in a week-long celebration show casing and highlighting our students, teachers and education communities. The events will be small and large and based around the Arts (single school or cluster school events); STEAM activities; schools history; and community based activities or events.

A student reference group will also be formed to work with the Department of Education Secretary to investigate and help plan for the future of public education in the state. This group will meet regularly and help create the vision for the next 150 years of public education in Tasmania.

Curriculum Snapshots

The Curriculum Snapshots are a series of Teaching and Learning resources designed to align with the celebrations for 150 years of Public Education throughout 2019. They cover aspects of the Australian Curriculum including Humanities and Social Sciences; Design and Technologies and draw on the concepts of ‘perspectives and actions’ for Years 3,5-8.

The Snapshots are available to teaching staff as a resource and supported by a Canvas course and some professional learning.