There has been plenty to celebrate in public education in 2017.
Our network of Fairfax Media publications dotted across the state, from Ceduna on the far west coast over to Bordertown to the east, has been privileged to cover the achievements of our students and staff this year.
A new emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – has seen funding funnelled out to schools across the state with the hope new programs and infrastructure will engage young minds and set them onto new career paths.
We’ve seen schools make their mark in the sporting arena, excel at the Royal Adelaide Show, and fill their trophy cabinets with a plethora of different awards and achievements.
Students have written books, have grown their own produce, have started businesses, and engaged with their communities.
One school even sent every one of its students – mind you, just 22 – on an excursion to see Matilda the musical in Adelaide.
To celebrate public education in South Australia in 2017, we invited schools to submit their favourite photos, and also a profile about their school to appear in an interactive map.
Click or swipe on the gallery of photographs above to see if your local school features, and see if you can spot some familiar faces.
By clicking on the map below, you can travel across the state and zoom in on a selection of schools, and get to know more intimately what makes our schools and students tick.
Find out where sporting legends such as Adelaide Crows legend Eddie Betts and multi-Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kieran McEvoy went to school.
Find out which school has a bush tucker trail, a vegetable garden and a program where seeds are propagated for the benefit of the local community.
Which school has a wine education program?
Which school’s current principal is a former student of the same school?
Find out all this and more.
Our schools, students and educators have had a big year – and we look forward to following their progress again in 2018.