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2013 News Archive

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Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership
16 October | Taking ownership of learning is the common theme among this year's three finalists for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Get set for 2014 with new school calendar
09 October | The Department of Education, Training and Employment has released the Education Queensland school calendar for 2014.

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Showcase Award for Community or Industry Partnerships
09 October | Engagement with industry, the nearest TAFE and the local Indigenous community have provided three paths to the final of this year's Showcase Award for Excellence in Community or Industry Partnerships.

Showcase Award in Inclusive Education
09 October | Some of Queensland's most vulnerable youngsters start their school life at the Royal Children's Hospital School, one of the three finalists for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education.

Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation
09 October | A primary, a secondary school and a Prep-Year 12 state college are in the running for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation.


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Showcase Award for Excellence in Senior Years
19 September | Goal-setting and perseverance are two of the principles setting the tone for the three finalists in the running for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Senior Years.

C-Gen 2013 hits the small screen
19 September | Anyone who missed the spectacular Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in July has a chance to catch it during the term break.

First for school in QCT teaching awards
19 September | A Queensland state high school has scored a first by featuring as a finalist in all four categories of the Queensland College of Teachers annual awards.

Grade 5 leads way in year of NAPLAN improvement
19 September | Queensland students have posted some of their best results on record in this year's National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

Honours ensemble musicians gather
19 September | More than 750 of the finest teenage musicians from across Queensland will descend on South Bank during the school holidays.

Term 4 professional development calendar
19 September | Each term, Education Views publishes a calendar of professional development events and activities for all Department of Education, Training and Employment staff.

Workshops help in using data
19 September | Training is available in October for principals and teachers to learn more about harnessing the power of valuable early childhood development data.

Teacher aides thanked on their special day
12 September | The important role played by teacher aides has been recognised on their special day.

D-G visits inclusive leaders program
12 September | Central Queensland region principals and school leaders at the Quality Schools, Inclusive Leaders (QSIL) program in Rockhampton recently received a visit from the head of the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Study support for women scholars
12 September | School leavers, career changers and women returning to study are eligible to apply for the next round of the Queensland Government's Supporting Women Scholarships program.

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Showcase Award for Excellence in Junior Secondary Years
12 September | Schools in the running for the Showcase Award for Excellence in the Junior Secondary Years have engagement in common.

QELi CEO honoured with award
12 September | The CEO of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute, Dr Stephen Brown, has been recognised for his substantial contribution to national education leadership.

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Showcase Award for Excellence in Early and Primary Years
04 September | Helping children step up into school and improving their literacy once they get there are the focal points of the three programs vying to be 2013 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years winner.

Screen It entries closing soon
04 September | Entries for the Screen It 2013 competition, open to student filmmakers, animators and video game makers, close on Friday 13 September.

Students explore ICT success
04 September | Queensland state schools enjoyed widespread success in the Young ICT Explorers competition held recently at the University of Queensland.

Queensland schools dare to lead the way
04 September | Three Queensland schools are among just five which have been recognised in a national awards scheme for their work with Indigenous students.

Talking the talk in languages competition
04 September | Some 5000 people including 1500 participants descended on Griffith University's Gold Coast campus for one of the state's biggest languages speech contests.

Two score major NAB Schools First success
04 September | Five Queensland schools have taken out 2013 NAB Schools First Impact Awards, with two selected for the new major Impact Theme titles.

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Inspiring the next generation of teachers and students
29 August | First year teachers Angelique Kanniah and Sharney Spann, from Cannonvale State School, are striving to be that inspirational teacher that can truly change a child's life. Both are enthusiastic recruits to the profession and graduates of the Morayfield Teacher Education Centre of Excellence.

Early childhood service framework
29 August | A new resource has been developed to support and encourage integrated service delivery across the early childhood development sector.

Apply now for 2014 Anzac Prize
29 August | Applications for the 2014 Premier's Anzac Prize close on 20 September.

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Mapping out geography in the Australian Curriculum
29 August | The latest issue of Classroom Connections focuses on Australian Curriculum: Geography.

New Bill to strengthen disciplinary powers
29 August | A new Bill has been introduced to cut red tape and give principals stronger disciplinary powers in Queensland schools.

New ways to help ask R U OK?
29 August | New resources putting teachers in the driving seat have been developed to help schools keen to participate in R U OK? Day this year.

Students become the sleuths of hazard
29 August | Students are donning their safety inspector hats and on the lookout for potential hazards around their school and home as part of Safety in Schools Week.

Doherty winners have formula for success
23 August | Queensland's science future is in good hands if the winners of the10th annual Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education are anything to go by.

Independence delivers freedom to dream
23 August | Flexibility, autonomy and community spirit are the big drawcards to becoming an Independent Public School, according to Brightwater State School principal Robyn Taplin.

Education Expo ready to roll
23 August | Queensland's largest education resources trade expo takes place in Brisbane on 24 and 25 August.

Best in Showcase line up for finals
15 August | The 21 finalists for the 2013 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools have been announced following regional finals held throughout Queensland.

Search is on for the best sandwich
15 August | There is still time for tuckshops to put their best filling forward for the 2013 Smart Choices Tuckshop Sandwich Designer of the Year competition.

Authors coming to a school near you
15 August | Authors Alison Lester, Jackie French, Pat Flynn, Katherine Battersby and Tristan Bancks are on their way to classrooms across Queensland thanks to the Online Literature Festival.

QTA state finalists announced
15 August | Five students from state schools and two from Catholic colleges will contest the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year category of the 52nd Queensland Training Awards.

Dalby hosts farmstay agribusiness event
15 August | Agribusiness Gateway School students have gathered at Dalby State High School's Bunya Campus boarding facility for an educational farmstay camp.

App has careers info on tap
07 August | A new free smartphone app for iPhone and iPad is now available to help young people plan career paths and find job opportunities.

Duke of Edinburgh's Awards
07 August | Education Queensland has embarked on a major push to get more schools involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Excellence winners recognised
07 August | Recipients of Department of Education, Training and Employment Staff Excellence Awards have been formally recognised in a presentation ceremony with Director-General Jim Watterston.

Picture yourself at the Ekka
07 August | Ekka is on in Brisbane from 8-17 August and is rich with education and activities for students of all year levels.

Top choirs perform in concert
07 August | Some of the best choirs in Queensland will perform at a free concert at Brisbane City Hall on 19 August.

Senior assessment system review underway
07 August | The State Government's promised review of senior assessment and tertiary entrance processes is underway.

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'Superstar' librarian presents PD events
31 July | Teacher-librarians can hear from a world-renowned presenter in their field at professional development events in August.

In-depth data for future school planning released
31 July | Mapping and data which will guide new school planning in Queensland over the next 20 years has been released.

Singing the praises of Creative Generation
31 July | It's pretty amazing, not just for the kids, but for the professional artists as well.

Garden program continues growth
31 July | The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program continues to grow, with 'kitchen cabinets' held recently in Brisbane and Cairns to help spread the word among schools.

Skills Week showcases benefits
31 July | To celebrate the talents, skills and career outcomes achieved through vocational education and training, National Skills Week will once again be held from 26 August to 1 September 2013.

eKindy continues education outreach
31 July | Queensland's groundbreaking eKindy initiative continues to go from strength to strength and a waiting list for 2014 enrolments is now open.

Fresh Start strategy targets 'world class'
24 July | Eight initiatives to improve teacher quality form the backbone of a new State Government strategy to raise Queensland education standards to 'world class'.

Focus on dance and the curriculum
24 July | The challenges of incorporating dance into the classroom under the forthcoming Australian Curriculum: The Arts will be the key focus of a forum on 24 August.

Screen It 2013 competition
24 July | Australia's largest moving image competition for primary and secondary students is now accepting entries for 2013.

Funding on offer for road safety projects
24 July | Schools can apply to share in a $2 million grants program launched for community groups to help tackle Queensland's rising road toll.

Queensland Plan competition closing soon
24 July | The closing date for entries to The Queensland Plan Schools Program competition is approaching.

Ninth annual C-Gen simply stunning
24 July | Some of Queensland's best student performing artists delivered four stunning performances of the ninth annual Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage (C-Gen) spectacular on 19 and 20 July.

Stepping up to school - and beyond the range
17 July | Semester 2 has begun in Queensland schools with more pre-service teachers heading to rural and remote communities to experience life Beyond the Range, and youngsters getting their first taste of school in the new Step up into Education initiative.

Partnership plan for Indigenous outcomes
17 July | An ambitious new approach to closing the gap is promised in the Queensland Government's Solid partners Solid futures plan to improve outcomes for the state's Indigenous students.

Deadline looms for NEiTA nominations
17 July | The deadline is fast approaching for communities to put forward their inspiring teachers for national recognition.

Round 2 for Independent Public Schools initiative
17 July | The second round of the Independent Public Schools initiative is under way with an invitation extended to state schools throughout Queensland to express interest in joining the program.

Morcombe safety curriculum complete
17 July | The rollout of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum is complete following the launch on 12 July of the final phase covering Years 7-9.

Latest strategic plan released
10 July | The strategic plan which will guide the Department of Education, Training and Employment until 2017 has been released.

Entries now open for 2014 Anzac Prize
10 July | A lifetime of memories awaits five Queensland high school students with submissions now open for the 2014 Premier's Anzac Prize.

State school stars go creative again
10 July | The stage is set for the 2013 edition of Queensland's largest youth performing arts event.

Semester 2 2013 merit appointments
04 July | The list of merit appointments to positions in Queensland state schools for Semester 2 2013 has been released.

Concert celebrates 30 years of MOST
04 July | The players were different but the spirit of the occasion remained true to the original, with a celebratory note to help it soar even higher.

Schools make sustainability splash
04 July | Five Queensland state schools have featured prominently in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards.

Educating tomorrow's eco-professionals
04 July | The wide range of career possibilities in the environment sector will go on show in Brisbane on 23 July.

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Understanding the brain, and learning about teaching
28 June | The brain's most fundamental characteristic is that it enables us to learn from experience. Understanding the brain, and how the brain learns, will be a major area of research in coming decades.

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Online courses prove a hit with participants
28 June | Feedback from training delivered as part of the More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSWD) program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Special dates to note for second half of year
19 June | Education Views has the second half of 2013 covered with the Semester 2 calendar of special events, covering the year from June to December.

New round of aide funding announced
19 June | More teacher aide hours allowing another 384 Prep classes in 69 state schools have been announced.

Taking the stress out of returning to teaching
19 June | Teachers returning to the classroom continue to have their path back smoothed by the Restart Teaching program.

Term 3 PD calendar
19 June | Each term, Education Views publishes a calendar of professional development events and activities for all Department of Education, Training and Employment staff.

Staff wellbeing vital for student success
19 June | What is one of the keys to creating a happy workplace full of achieving students?

Reading is a whole-school enterprise
19 June | Schools seeking ideas to boost involvement in this year's Premier's Reading Challenge ahead of the school holidays need look no further than Brisbane's MacGregor State School.

Five-year plan for VET sector released
13 June | The State Government has released its five-year action plan for reforming the vocational education and training sector, Great skills. Real opportunities.

ABC puts school in media spotlight
13 June | Students at Ipswich State High School were learning their ABCs in more ways than one when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation took up residence for a week.

School learns language of winning
13 June | The language literate students of Benowa State High School on the Gold Coast are on top of the world and they're getting used to it there.

Education spending up in 2013 State Budget
13 June | A 6.6 per cent increase in education spending is a feature of the State Government Budget brought down on 4 June.

Queensland quartet win NEiTA recognition
06 June | Four Queensland teachers have emerged as 'people's choice' recipients in national awards announced in Melbourne on 31 May.

Stepping up to support young school starters
06 June | It's no secret that laying a strong foundation in education can lead to future success.


The Gums State School
06 June | With principal Sue Kruger

Reef awards and resource opportunities
06 June | Members of Queensland's Reef Guardian Schools network have until 21 June to apply for one of four Virginia Chadwick Memorial Foundation Awards.

Fete alcohol sales go permit-free
06 June | School fetes and other fundraising activities will generally be allowed to sell alcohol without a liquor permit from 1 July.

QPAC links classroom and stage
06 June | The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) continues to give Queensland schools valuable opportunities to link the classroom and stage.

Museum showcases city's wartime role
06 June | A 'hidden gem' just a short walk from Brisbane's Central station and Anzac Square links the city, the historic war in the South-West Pacific and the National Curriculum.

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Down on the farm in Brisbane
29 May | More than 1400 primary school students descended on the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane on 23 May for Rural Discovery Day.

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Parents hold the key to students' success
29 May | The secret to untapping student potential at Gin Gin State High School has been as simple as untapping parent potential.

Working for Queensland survey
29 May | An email link to a Working for Queensland Employee Opinion Survey will begin arriving in inboxes from 3 June.

Music students with the MOST
29 May | Tickets are now on sale for an evening with the most musically outstanding students in Queensland state high schools.

Pre-prep data opens door between sectors
29 May | The first release of national statistics detailing how children are developing prior to starting school opened a new avenue for Everton Park State School to connect with local early childhood services.

Indigenous parent group reaches out
29 May | A newly formed Indigenous Parents Group is extending Tannum Sands State High School's reach into the community.

Citizenship awards reward service
22 May | Nominations are open for secondary schools throughout Queensland to put forward deserving, motivated Year 11 or 12 students for the 2013 Secondary Schools Citizenship Awards.

Green Lane Diary returns for Term 3
22 May | A simple and innovative way to integrate sustainability and citizenship subjects into the primary school classroom returns in Term 3 in the form of the Green Lane Diary.

Reconciliation message takes pride of place
22 May | The spirit of Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) is alive and well in the office of the Director-General of the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Exhibition opening puts award winners on show
22 May | The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art exhibition, celebrating the 2012 award recipients, was officially opened at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on 9 May.

Tax Office giving away cash!
22 May | That best of all incentives, cash for schools, is on offer in a new Australian Taxation Office (ATO) competition.

Masterclass for Schools First bidders
22 May | Schools and groups lining up to bid for a share in $2m in funding can attend a NAB Schools First Masterclass in Brisbane on 29 May.

Class of 2012 records strongest outcomes yet
15 May | Queensland's graduating year of 2012 achieved the state's strongest ever results.

Hands up, aspiring teaching principals
15 May | A new round of applications for the Take the Lead initiative which identifies and supports aspiring teaching principals is open until 30 May.

State Education Week showcases excellence
15 May | State Education Week has drawn to a close in Queensland with the announcement of the 74 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools regional winners.

Humbled students offer tributes to fallen heroes
15 May | Heartbreak, pride and sympathy are just a few of the emotions capturing the impact of the Premier's Anzac Prize tour group's 15-day tour to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Become a tuckshop masterchef
15 May | Education Queensland is presenting a free Smart Choices Masterclass for tuckshop convenors, volunteers and parent organisation representatives in October this year.

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Real-world approach to teaching maths proves a deadly success
09 May | A QUT education program is taking maths learning beyond the classroom, incorporating engaging and hands-on experiences that are improving students' sustained participation in numeracy education.

Young performers shine in inspiring documentary
09 May | A partnership between Mount Ommaney Special School and a national not-for-profit music and arts organisation has transformed students with severe disabilities into performing arts stars.

Greater disciplinary powers for principals
09 May | State school principals will have greater disciplinary powers and more flexibility in exercising those powers under changes announced on 28 April.

Multicultural efforts celebrated
09 May | The multicultural efforts of individuals and organisations including schools are again up for recognition in 2013 in the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Free app tracks safe walks to school
09 May | A free smartphone app launched by Walk Safely to School Day is the latest tool in the fight against childhood obesity.

New program for cleaner greener schools
09 May | Queensland schools will have a new focus on litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling as part of a new Cleaner Greener Schools accreditation process.

Nominations open for NEiTA awards
01 May | Nominations have opened for the 2013 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards for Inspirational Educators (NEiTA).

Prizewinners honour our Anzac heroes
01 May | Winners of the Premier's Anzac Prize have described their pride in their fallen countrymen and amazement at the sheer number of war graves as they traverse the historic battlefields.

Visual Art Awards exhibition set to open
01 May | The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art exhibition, celebrating the 2012 award recipients, will be officially opened at the Gallery of Modern Art on 9 May.

Scholarships open different pathways
01 May | Thirty-nine Queenslanders are the recipients of annual scholarship and grant programs that draw exceptional people from diverse backgrounds into teaching.

History lessons from the battlefields
01 May | The battlefields of Gallipoli are the focus of a Conservation Volunteers Australia trip to Turkey in September aimed specifically at teachers.

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Chance to make over the tuckshop
24 April | Queensland schools have until Friday 10 May to apply for a $1000 tuckshop makeover.

Primary school readers - 2013 challenge awaits
24 April | Registrations for the 2013 Premier's Reading Challenge are now open and the Premier has encouraged more Queensland schools to join in this year.

New TAFE Queensland on way
24 April | The development of a new structure for the delivery of TAFE education in Queensland is under way.

TJ Ryan Award recipients announced
24 April | Twelve high-achieving Queensland students have been recognised as part of the 2013 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship program.

Embrace the spirit of Anzac Day
24 April | Anzac Day will be marked on Education Queensland's Learning Place this year with a commemorative online event.

Tickets on sale for 2013 schools spectacular
17 April | Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage, Queensland's largest youth performing arts event.

Input sought on Indigenous action plan
17 April | The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper and invited community input on a new Queensland Indigenous education action plan due for release mid-year.

New D-G's rise from classroom to boardroom
17 April | The new man heading Queensland's Department of Education, Training and Employment spent more than 20 years as a teacher and principal before joining the ranks of senior government executives

Arts forum gives future a face
17 April | Teachers have the chance to help shape the arts experiences on offer to their students for the coming year at the annual Artslink Queensland Face 2 Face forum on 30 April

Students all set for Anzac trip of a lifetime
17 April | Five Queensland students are counting down the days until they take off on their two-week adventure to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Last chance to register for State Ed Week
17 April | The final day to register events for Queensland's annual celebration of state schools and schooling is Monday (22 April).

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Approach delivers truly connected classrooms
10 April | 'Breaking up the iceberg' into more manageable pieces has been one of the keys to the success of Cleveland District State High School in embedding technology in classroom pedagogy.

Wanted: Middle East principal
10 April | One Queensland educator could be packing their bags for the Middle East as recruitment begins for a new principal to lead the Australian International School in Sharjah.

Set sail for Maritime Museum
10 April | The Queensland Maritime Museum at South Bank is laying out the welcome gangplank for group visits from schools.

Improvement plan for teacher quality
10 April | Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek have unveiled a ground-breaking plan to improve teacher quality and give young Queenslanders the best possible start in life.

Buy Smart to share in prize pool
10 April | Students are being challenged to shop smarter for the 12th year running in Queensland's 2013 Buy Smart Competition.

Free book to help in disaster areas
10 April | Recent natural disasters have prompted mental health charity beyondblue to make a youth trauma support book available free to teachers, health professionals and community workers in affected areas.

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Rollingstone State School
27 March | Rollingstone State School is situated within a semi-rural area between Townsville (to the south), and Ingham (to the north), a distance of approximately 60km both ways.

QELi out to make good leaders great
27 March | The Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) launched its flagship leadership development program Good to Great last month with a three-day residential workshop.

Corporate Games deadlines loom
27 March | The guaranteed entry deadline for the 2013 Queensland Corporate Games is tomorrow (28 March), with the final cut-off falling on 11 April.

Brisbane school's record brings visit from royalty
27 March | A high-flying record of academic improvement and a 2011 tragedy which left a school and community in shock combined to bring a Tongan princess to Glenala State High School last Thursday (21 March).

Team seeks a Lego-up to travel
27 March | A team of Brisbane state school roboteers travels to Europe in May as Australia's sole representative in the European First Lego League Robotics Championship.

Students take the Earth Hour pledge
27 March | The Year 7s at Whites Hill State College were just some of the Queensland students taking the Earth Hour pledge ahead of the global lights out for 2013.

Term 2 professional development calendar
20 March | Each term, Education Views publishes a calendar of professional development events and activities for all Department of Education, Training and Employment staff.

Take a trip back in telecoms time
20 March | Brisbane's first phone book - all one page of it - and prehistoric telephones without buttons are two of the exhibits likely to astonish students on a visit to the Queensland Telecommunications Museum.

New resources on epilepsy available
20 March | New resources for schools and early learning centres that take the hard work out of epilepsy education are now available for download from Epilepsy Queensland's website.

Help reconciliation projects shine
20 March | Education is again one of the sectors in the spotlight for recognition in the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.

Students turn out in force against bullying
20 March | Queensland students showed mass support for the 2013 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on 15 March.

Get composing for Score It! Now
20 March | Budding composers who think they have what it takes to write the score for a film are invited to enter an exciting competition called Score It!

Australian Curriculum support for English
13 March | A new resource to support teachers implementing aspects of Australian Curriculum: English was launched nationally last month via web conferencing technology.

Conference 2013: Principals have their say
13 March | Queensland state schools can expect an injection of fresh enthusiasm in the wake of the 2013 Principals' Conference.

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World experts praise EQ's United reforms
13 March | Education Queensland is engaged in a reform program which is already world's best in at least one important respect.

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Focus on new support frameworks for schools
13 March | The recently-released Pedagogical framework and Parent and community engagement framework are designed to support schools in addressing elements of Education Queensland's 2012-2016 improvement agenda, United in our pursuit of excellence.

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Positive engagement makes major difference
13 March | A review of research on parental engagement by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) finds positive outcomes at all levels of schooling. By Dr Lance Emerson, ARACY CEO

Last chance to nominate for QTA
13 March | Time is running out for apprentices, trainees, teachers, VET school students, employers and training organisations to nominate for this year's Queensland Training Awards.

Schools First program opens for 2013
07 March | Entries for the 2013 NAB Schools First Awards program, which offers a share in $2 million of schools funding, are open from March 5.

Principals' Conference: First report and photos
07 March | A gathering of 1300 Queensland state school principals and senior education officials has been told the next stage in the state's pursuit of education excellence will be driven by parent and community involvement.

Child safety curriculum enters new phase
07 March | Students in Years 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn about personal safety issues with the roll-out of the second phase of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum.

Sharp-eyed youngster helps in fire ant fight
07 March | Seven-year-old Bailey knew straight away the ants her friend almost stepped on while running in the playground at recess could be fire ants.

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Glenala gives 100pc in pursuit of excellence
28 February | When it comes to Uniting in pursuit of excellence, Glenala State High School in Inala could fairly be said to have written the book.

Distance no object to kindy education
28 February | The McArthur family travelled to Brisbane from their cattle station west of St Lawrence last week to help launch an Australia-first kindergarten program.

Schools to unite again against bullying
28 February | Schools across Australia are being asked to follow Queensland's lead and stand together to say 'no way' to bullying and violence on the National Day of Action on Friday March 15.

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Looking after your family after ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald
20 February | The following has been prepared by Education Queensland as a guide for parents and families recovering from the 2013 floods. Many of the ideas may be relevant in the classroom. They may also help teachers responding to flood-affected families in their schools.

Showcase Award winners reap rewards of success
20 February | One school still reaping the rewards of Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools success is dual state finalist and state award winner Banksia Beach State School.

Online PD in disability support
20 February | A range of online courses to help educators support students with special educational needs will be delivered across Queensland through 2013.

Japanese scholarship students say g'day
13 February | High schools across Queensland will take on even more of a multicultural flavour through 2013 when 50 high-flying Japanese students take up their places on selected campuses.

Nominations open for Training Awards
13 February | Outstanding school-based apprentices and trainees are encouraged to nominate for the 2013 Queensland Training Awards.

Cash on offer for greenest school
13 February | The Premier's Sustainability Awards, which recognise environmental excellence from all sectors of Queensland including schools and communities, close for nominations on 15 March.

Planning resource proves popular
13 February | The new year presents a great opportunity for state school principals to start using 1 School 1 Plan (1S1P), an online planning tool released late last year.

VIPs visit The Gap to start historic year
13 February | Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek visited The Gap State High School on Monday (11 February) to see how Year 7 students were settling into their first year of high school.

Schools bounce back as flooding strikes again
06 February | Queensland's state schools have proved as resilient as the communities they serve for the second time in two years.

Employee induction made easy online
06 February | Starting out as a new employee in an Education Queensland state school has never been easier thanks to the Department of Education, Training and Employment's new DETE induction website.

10th annual Safer Internet Day
06 February | The 10th annual Safer Internet Day on 5 February promoted the theme of online rights and responsibilities.

Nine recognised on Australia Day
06 February | A Gold Coast principal and Darling Downs teacher aide were among recipients of the Department of Education, Training and Employment's 2013 Australia Day awards.

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Semester 1 2013 merit appointments
31 January | The list of merit appointments to positions in Queensland state schools for Semester 1 2013 has been released.

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Principals prepare for second conference
25 January | The Department of Education, Training and Employment's second Principals' Conference will be held in Brisbane at the end of February.

NAPLAN marking plus for schools
25 January | The best way for a school to boost its NAPLAN literacy expertise is by having at least one of its teachers take part in marking the writing task, according to the Queensland Studies Authority.

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Making numeracy count with proportional reasoning
25 January | Numeracy is a topic that features prominently in discussions about education and school outcomes, and strong calls have been made for a 'back to basics' approach to numeracy.

Register for Schools Clean Up Day
25 January | Registration is open for Schools Clean Up Day 2013, which last year saw 2600 schools take part Australia-wide.

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Junior Secondary focus on student wellbeing
25 January | Northern Beaches State High School is pursuing excellence in Junior Secondary education through a program focusing on student wellbeing and mental health.

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What's in store as agenda enters its third year?
25 January | Queensland state schools' agenda for improvement was launched following the inaugural Principals' Conference in 2011. With only the second ever such conference looming, and United in our pursuit of excellence entering its third year, Education Views checked in with Deputy Director-General Lyn McKenzie for an update.

2013 school enrolments break half-million mark
25 January | The new school year is shaping up to be the busiest yet for education in Queensland with more than half a million students studying in 1240 state schools.

Significant diary dates to print out and keep
25 January | Welcome to the first Education Views special events calendar for 2013, covering the year from January to June.

First Australian curriculum languages
25 January | The draft curriculum for the first two languages other than English to form part of the Australian Curriculum has been released for public consultation.

Rewarding start to new school year
25 January | Cairns West State School principal Michael Hansen has started the 2013 school year with a spring in his step after being named as one of the country's leading educators.

Term 1 2013 professional development calendar
16 January | Each term, Education Views publishes a calendar of professional development events and activities for all Department of Education, Training and Employment staff.

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