Release type: Media Release


Welcome back school students!


The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee has welcomed country school students back to the classroom for 2021 and wished them well for the new school year ahead.

“There are probably quite a few parents happy to see school going back after the summer break,” Minister Gee said.

“I’d like to wish all of our students the best for the year ahead. 

“I’d also like to acknowledge the vitally important work of our teachers. Nurturing the promise of Australia’s future is a big responsibility and teaching is a very high calling. My best wishes and thanks to all of our teachers! We appreciate you!

“The bushfires, drought, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic made last year particularly challenging, but our school communities are starting from a position of greater preparedness in 2021.

“I know how tough last year was on students, their families and teachers.

“Teachers and families did an amazing job adapting to online learning, and I’d like to thank them for their efforts to keep our school children engaged.

“However, nothing beats being back in the classroom with your friends and being able to enjoy everything school has to offer from face-to-face learning.

“I am confident that 2021 will be a better year, and with the COVID-19 vaccination rollout fast approaching, I am optimistic about the new school year ahead and for Australia’s continued recovery.

“I am particularly keen to see all school kids back in school for the start of the new school year, including boarding school students – supported by friends, parents and teachers.

“The challenges of COVID-19 and getting school students across borders are still with us and I’ll continue to work with my State and Territory colleagues to ensure that the education and wellbeing of our kids remains a priority, whatever 2021 throws at us!

“There are some excellent resources now available with some great ‘back to school’ tips for parents, including getting your children back into a good routine and being actively engaged with their teachers and school principals.”

Parents can gain access to useful information, tips and advice about starting or heading back to school, including preparing kids for boarding school, at this website: