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Greater Hamilton Library Celebrating 150 Years of Public Education

13 May 2022

The Greater Hamilton Library will celebrate Education Week from 22 – 28 May 2022 with this year’s theme ‘150 Years of Public Education’. The theme commemorates the past, celebrates the present and imagines the future of education for students of any age to showcase their part in Victoria’s education Story.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Library Services Coordinator Kelly Pitt-Lancaster said libraries around the state like the Greater Hamilton Library provide access for students to resources and information to help support education within the community.

“Free public libraries and public education were both formed around 150 years ago in Victoria with a shared belief that every child deserves a high-quality education both at school and in our community,” said Ms Pitt-Lancaster.

“In order to celebrate this special milestone, we have planned some great activities that continue to acknowledge the vital part the Greater Hamilton Library plays in providing educational access for the Southern Grampians community,” concluded Ms Pitt-Lancaster.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Senior Library Officer Jenny Poynton said the library will host local schools with a range of interactive activities.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the response from school groups, with over 150 students now booked in filling registrations.

“On 23 May, we will host a data show “Life….Then and Now” run by The History Box Ballarat which will deliver a show where students will be immersed in interactive story-telling and focuses on what life was like in our more recent pass.

“The second opportunity is a workshop where students will be provided with toys and games from the past to experience something unique from our region’s history.

“We are looking forward to opening the doors to the regions current students to reflect upon those of the past,” concluded Ms Poynton.

In 1872 Victoria became one of the first jurisdictions across the world to create a central school system offering free, secular, compulsory education to its children.

This program is supported by the Victorian State Government Department of Education and Training. For more information contact the Greater Hamilton Library on 5573 0470.

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