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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project to teach 6,000 NSW school students resilience

22 Oct 2018

Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, said students will be inspired by the spirt of the Invictus Games while receiving valuable life lessons around acceptance and endurance.

“The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project gives NSW students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe Invictus Games competitors from around the world achieving and overcoming adversity,” he said.

“This experience – coupled with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project curriculum resources developed by the Department in conjunction with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – plays an important role in promoting active citizenship.”

As part of the Project, more than 6,000 students from 185 primary schools, central schools, secondary schools and schools for specific purposes across NSW will have the opportunity to visit this week’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project will include workshops by Wheelchair Sports NSW, University of NSW, Assistance Dogs Australia and the Department’s STEMShare Communities team.

Newtown High School of Performing Arts students will host YouTube broadcasts daily at 2:00pm, providing students who cannot attend the Games with remote access to virtual excursions.  The virtual excursions have been developed for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project and will be made available on the Department of Education’s Learning Systems YouTube channel.

“Online learning resources that include curriculum modules have also been developed by a group of classroom teachers as part of the Project,” Mr Scott said.   “These learning resources provide teachers with sophisticated, integrated materials to teach students about situations that happen in real life and are based on central themes of the Invictus Games such as inclusion, resilience and service.”

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service men and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends.

The fourth Invictus Games will be held in Sydney from 20-27 October 2018.