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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 10 June 2011

Delivering the Flying Start for Queensland Children reforms

The big news this week has been the announcement of significant and exciting reforms for our education system, including moving Year 7 to high school by 2015. The reforms have been supported by education sectors, parent representatives and key stakeholders. There has been an enormous amount of thought and consultation involved in reaching these decisions. We have also set out a transition process to ensure our schools, teachers and our Year 7 students are ready for the move in 2015.

The Flying Start initiatives include:

A large amount of additional information is available on our website External Link and we will keep you well informed of progress with these initiatives.

DET Staff Excellence Awards 2011 winners

Today we are announcing the names of the winners of the inaugural DET Staff Excellence Awards for 2011 on our website. These awards are the peak awards available to DET staff. They are based on service excellence and outstanding achievement that has had a significant impact on students, community members or fellow staff. This is the first year the awards have been offered and the quality of applications received was outstanding. Congratulations to all winners of the awards and to all officers who have been awarded a certificate of high commendation through the awards selection process.

'Above and Beyond' staff honoured

It has been a great pleasure this Queensland Week to honour those Department of Education and Training staff who went 'above and beyond' the call of duty during the past summer's floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. There was an excellent response from staff across the department, nominating their colleagues for an Above and Beyond Award. More than 90 staff have been, or soon will be, presented with their award at local events across the state. I was delighted to attend an event on Tuesday to present the awards to some of our Brisbane-based recipients. While the recipients have indeed shown amazing determination and goodwill during the natural disasters, we must also pay tribute to the countless other staff members who also worked tirelessly and selflessly during a very difficult time for our department and our state.

International Cleaners' Day

Every day in the early hours of the morning or into the night, a special group of people are working hard to keep our schools, buildings and workplaces clean and presentable. Wednesday 15 June is International Cleaners Day and an opportunity to show our appreciation to the cleaners working in DET sites across the state. The day also coincides with School Cleaners Day - a chance for school communities to recognise the valuable contribution of our more than 4000 school cleaners.

Creating a more diverse workforce

As one of Queensland's largest employers we are committed to creating a diverse workforce reflective of the community. To help us achieve this we ask all staff to complete an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Census Form. Staff who haven't completed the census form were sent an email reminder this week and I encourage you to take a few moments to respond. Your information remains private and confidential and by responding you are helping us to develop fairer and more equitable workplace practices. If you received the email and do not want to participate in the census you must still respond by pressing "submit" to avoid any further email reminders. Staff who have previously completed the census can update their details via the Diversity website. For further information email the Diversity team.

Behind the scenes of Creative Generation

Schools can get a glimpse behind the scenes at Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage by watching Totally Wild on Network Ten at 8am on Wednesday 15 June. Pip Russell from Totally Wild, who will compere the show in July, came out to meet the students at a recent rehearsal. Schools can also attend a special preview performance on Friday 15 July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to gain an insight into how a major scale production comes together. If you would like to attend the schools preview, please email Sarah Heide for a booking form or visit the Creative Generation website for more information.

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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