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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 3 June 2011

Great results in Year 12 outcomes report

The Year 12 Outcomes Report for the class of 2010 showed some great results with record numbers of students achieving results that prepare them for university, trade training and the workforce. Of the 44,997 Year 12 students who graduated from Queensland schools in 2010, a record 93 per cent received a qualification. More than 81 per cent of last year's Year 12 graduates achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education, and 27,792 were awarded a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or undertook a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. These outstanding results show that the education and training reforms introduced by the Queensland Government in the past decade are really having an impact. Queensland, which accounts for well over half the nation's school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, has recorded growth of 14 per cent in this area in 2010. Congratulations and thankyou to all our staff in both the Education and Training sections of the department who have worked so hard to get these results. For the full report, visit the Queensland Studies Authority's website External Link.

News on the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP)

I refer to my earlier advice on 14 April 2011 regarding the Government's Voluntary Separation Program (VSP). The VSP will now include a limited Expression of Interest process. Further details of the process for implementation as it applies to DET will be communicated as soon as it is finalised. It is important to note, the Government is committed to growth in frontline service delivery positions (such as nurses, teachers and police officers). As such, the program is not targeted at frontline or operational service delivery areas and these areas within DET will not be invited to express interest. Information on the VSP is available on the Public Service Commission website External Link.

Showcase Regional Winners announced

I congratulate the 66 Queensland state school programs that were recognised as regional winners in the 2011 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools during State Education Week. A $1000 development grant was presented to each of the regional winners at the presentations held across the state. The regional award winners have progressed to judging at a state level, in which a further $5000 development grant will be awarded to the 24 state finalists when they are announced in July. Visit the Showcase Awards website for a full list of Regional Award winners.

Reconciliation Week celebrations and award winners

This year's Reconciliation Week celebrations across the state supported the four key areas of the Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - relationships, respect, opportunities and accountability - values that are important to us all. The Department of Education and Training's commitment to reconciliation includes recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and celebrating their achievements. We're working to strengthen relationships among government and community organisations and Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to foster respect, build trust and a sense of belonging. Part of our response to RAP is the new Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS): A guide for school learning communities. This guide aims to further equip our school leaders and teachers with the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to teach Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It will help schools develop a culturally appropriate strategy that reflects on the past, responds to the present and fosters change for the future.

Congratulations to Kirwan State High School which won the Education Award at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards earlier this week. Kirwan State High School's commitment to reconciliation has been shown through Indigenous culture and pride being incorporated into school curriculum and also celebrated through extra-curricular activities. For the first time in 2010, the school appointed two Indigenous captains to work as part of the Captains' Team to ensure the needs of the 21 per cent of the student cohort that are Indigenous are represented at a student leadership level. Congratulations to the two highly commended schools in this category, Brisbane Boys' College and Heatley State School. Murgon State School was highly commended in the Partnership category for their work with the Community Training Centre.

If you have any queries regarding departmental initiatives, please send them to the Inquiries Mailbox.

For more news go to OnePortal or the Training Employee Portal (DETE employees only) under Marketing and Communication, Newsletters.

Regards

Julie Grantham
Director-General

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