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World Teachers' Day

Every day, Queensland teachers are making a difference educating and inspiring young people across our state.

World Teachers' Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our teachers and say thanks for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms and communities.

Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society.

World Teachers' Day is held internationally on 5 October. As the day usually falls during school holidays, Queensland celebrates on the last Friday of October each year.

In 2018, World Teachers' Day will be celebrated in Queensland on Friday 26 October, during State Education Week.

Highlights from World Teachers' Day 2017

Watch this short thank you video from Education Minister Kate Jones, MP and Director-General, Dr Jim Watterston to commemorate World Teachers' Day 2017.

View students from Chatswood Hills State School celebrating Queensland teachers.

Get involved in 2018

The department and our partners will have lots of activities planned to help celebrate World Teachers' Day across Queensland. There will also be a number of ways schools and early childhood centres can promote World Teachers' Day.

Ideas for recognising the important work of teaching staff include:

Queensland teaching awards

Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools

The Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools recognise Queensland state schools achieving improved student learning outcomes through excellent teaching. The state award winners will be announced at the Showcase Awards gala dinner on Friday 26 October 2018 in Brisbane.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) announce the winners of their annual Excellence in Teaching Awards External Link every year on World Teachers' Day.

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