Minister for Education, Training and Employment
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

Schools celebrate State Education Week 2012

The many talents and achievements of state school students and teachers will be recognised during State Education Week which starts today.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said State Education Week has been held annually for 20 years and gives us all an opportunity to recognise state schools for providing a quality education for Queensland students.

“Schools all around Queensland are getting involved by hosting their own events – from morning teas and open days, to special school parades and art shows,” Mr Langbroek said.

“They are also taking part in a range of state-wide programs such as My Favourite Teacher, Director-General for a Day, P&C Day, as well as Principal for a Day.

“I’m looking forward to returning to my old high school tomorrow – Sunnybank State High, where I too will be taking part in the Principal for a Day program,” Mr Langbroek said.

Some participants taking part in State Education W eek this year include 2007 Young Australian of the Year Tania Major who will be Principal for a Day at Cairns West State School, Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Melissa Gorman (Boondall State School), Queensland AMA President Dr Richard Kidd (Nundah State School), Network Ten’s Bill McDonald (Wynnum State High School), Roly Sussex OAM (Milpera State High School) and Wotif CEO Robbie Cooke (Ascot State School).

Other State Education Week activities include the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools. This week regional winners will be announced at ceremonies throughout Queensland.

“These awards reward excellent teaching practices with the regional winners sharing in more than $97,000 in development grants,” said Minister Langbroek.

“The Newman Government is proud of Queensland’s principals, teachers, teacher aides and support staff.

“As a product of the state school system myself, I am committed to supporting front line staff so they c an continue to provide an excellent education to Queensland students.

“I congratulate our state schools for the many initiatives and opportunities they provide, and I call on the business and wider community to continue building and strengthening relationships with their local state schools.”

For more information on events taking place, visit the website – http://education.qld.gov.au/community/events/edweek/

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