I hope everyone had a great break and our school communities are ready for the busy term ahead which includes the annual NAPLA testing for all Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students from 10 to 12 May. Students will also be busy reading books for the Premier's Reading Challenge and celebrations for State Education Week will be happening from 22 to 28 May. The Raising the Bar workshops also begin on May 5. I would like to thank all our staff who are working hard to make Queensland's education and training systems the best in the country.
Our thoughts this week have been with the community of Wavell Heights State School which suffered a devastating fire early Wednesday morning. The school reopened this morning, with the students temporarily re-locating to Craigslea Primary and Secondary schools. Thank you to those schools for accommodating them. I would particularly like to acknowledge Wavell Heights Principal, John Cattoni, for his exceptional leadership and hard work during such difficult circumstances, and to all his staff for their positive support for parents and students. Rebuilding will begin as soon as possible, and I am certain this terrible event will result in an even stronger school community.
Registrations for the Bringing It All Together Forum (BIAT), Navigating Programs and Services for Indigenous Queenslanders close on Friday May 13. The two-day forum is being hosted by the Division's Indigenous Vocational Education and Training Initiatives Unit and will be held on the Gold Coast on 26 and 27 May. Keynote speakers include Mr Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Ms Deb Daly, Deputy Director General, Training and Tertiary Education Queensland. Guest speaker at the Forum dinner will be Mr Laurie Daley OA the current coach of the Indigenous All Stars. Registration for the two days is $400 and split registration is available. For more information or to register, please visit the website.
Leading child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will be soon back in Queensland to present more free anti-bullying seminars for school leaders, teachers, teacher aides, guidance officers, behaviour management staff and parents. The next Working Together Against Bullying seminars will be held in Cairns on 16 May 2011 and in Logan on 23 May 2011, and more seminars will be held across the state until September. This is a continuation of the seminar series which started with successful sessions on the Gold Coast in February. For further information or to register, please visit the website.
I am pleased to announce that Kirsti Kee will take up the position of Institute Director at Central Queensland Institute of TAFE on Tuesday 3 May 2011. Kirsti has extensive experience in TAFE and education, having previously held roles of Regional Executive Director Education Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett region, Executive Director Schools Education Queensland Geebung district, Acting Director North Point TAFE and Manager of Education Services. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Kirsti. Can I also express my thanks to Nik Babovic for his willingness to take on the Acting role over the last year. Nik has built some strong relationships with industry and staff during this time and provided professional leadership for the institute.
I am pleased to announce that the Department has achieved Recognised Employer Partner Status (knowledge level) with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia. The Department is the second organisation in Australia to achieve this status and the first in Queensland. What this means for employees is that CPA Australia has recognised that the department has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to supporting the professional development of our finance and accounting staff. This partnership also provides a range of benefits for CPA Australia members working with the department. For more information on the official announcement please contact Adam Black, Assistant Director-General, Finance and Chief Finance Officer or visit the Finance section on OnePortal.
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