On October 30 we celebrated World Teachers' Day, honouring our teachers and the essential role they play in an increasingly complex society.
Recognised in more than 100 countries, the event is a chance to highlight the efforts of Queensland's 42,000 teachers who are making a difference to the lives of thousands of children.
Schools throughout the state hosted celebratory events and activities to show their appreciation for their teachers.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) acknowledged teachers' outstanding work with Teacher Excellence Career Milestones and 25-Year Service Medallion and Smart Classrooms Regional Teacher Awards.
A number of our best educators were recognised with Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence and the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards
Congratulations to all recipients and thank you to teachers throughout the state for your continued professionalism and dedication.
Showcasing our best
The annual Showcase Gala Dinner was held in Brisbane on October 29 and I'm sure everyone who attended would agree it was a night to remember.
The awards ceremony once again illustrated the quality of state school education programs.
Congratulations to the eight Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools 2009 winners, their teachers, parents, students and school communities.
I thank you for your commitment to developing such innovative initiatives and look forward to seeing the ongoing success and development of your programs.
Our key priorities
Events such as Showcase and World Teachers' Day once again show that teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do in state schools.
As one of DET's seven key priorities, the aim of teaching and learning is to support students' social and emotional development as well as deliver a high-quality curriculum.
Our focus includes contributing to the development of the national curriculum, dealing with poor student behaviour and improving the learning outcomes of Indigenous children.
Hand in hand with this work is policy development, another of our key priorities.
We are committed to developing effective policy to deliver high-quality services in early childhood education and care, state schooling and training.
This is reflected in the strategies we've already produced, including the skills plan and Indigenous education policy.
As 2010 approaches, we will continue working towards new strategic directions for education and training.
More information about these and other key priorities is available from the DET website.