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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 10 February 2012

Latest on the flood crisis

Several schools and childcare services in flood-ravaged south-west Queensland remain closed while other communities have begun the heartbreaking task of cleaning up. Areas including Mitchell, Roma, Charleville, St George and Alpha have been the hardest hit.

I visited Dalby on Tuesday, a small town that's become a refuge for its neighbours. At the evacuation centre, the families seemed so resilient - and close to 60 students from St George have been enjoying a sense of normality in trying circumstances by attending school at Dalby State High School's Bunya Campus. Academic lessons are being balanced by sporting games and swimming in the school's pool in sweltering conditions. With its welcoming atmosphere, it's no wonder the campus has doubled its residential enrolments since opening last year, with students coming from as far away as Vanuatu to enjoy its agricultural lessons.

Both Dalby primary schools - along with Brisbane school communities - are also lending a hand.

With some families forced from their homes by floods for the third year in a row, many Queenslanders need our help more than ever. This week, the Premier activated the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal with a $2 million State Government contribution.

For those wishing to donate, you can pledge your support in person at any Queensland branch of the Bank of Queensland, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB or Suncorp or via 1800 219 028.

Please also refer offers of assistance to the following:

Back to the future for Wynnum students

New teaching blocks, a resource centre and a revamped sports hall are among the high-tech sustainable features being celebrated at the official opening of Wynnum State School on Brisbane's bayside tomorrow.

The state-of-the-art facility brings together the Wynnum Central, Lindum and Wynnum North state schools on the former Wynnum North State High School site. The new school is funded with $6 million from the Federal Government and $25 million as one of the last major projects in our department's $850 million State Schools of Tomorrow program.

Since 2008, the initiative has modernised 335 schools and almost 2300 educational spaces with the latest facilities, technology and resources.

Taking a stand against bullying

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence will be held on 16 March, following the success of last year's inaugural event. The department is taking a lead role in working with education sectors around Australia to encourage schools and families to participate in anti-bullying activities on the day such as wearing the colour orange and recognising the role we all play in reducing bullying. You can find ideas
for activities on the Bullying, No Way! website External Link.

Education expert to speak at QUT

One of the key consultants to Education Queensland's reform agenda, Dr Ben Levin, will give a presentation at the Queensland University of Technology next month titled 'Improving our schools: What we know and what we need to do'.

Dr Levin is the Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with an international reputation for his extensive educational career as a senior civil servant, researcher and academic.

Hear him speak from 6pm at the Gardens Point Campus on 7 March. Attendance is free with prior registration through the Australian College of Educators website External Link. For more information email or phone 1800 208 586.

Launch of the Diversity Online Training Program

A new program to boost understanding about anti-discrimination, disability awareness, cultural awareness and gender equity begins next week. Developed by Human Resources Diversity team, the Diversity Online Training Program is open to all staff and kicks off with a launch next Wednesday (15 February). You can attend in person at Education House or online via the Learning Place. To register visit the Diversity website.

Tips and prizes for TAFE training

It's not easy to teach an old dog new tricks but we can learn something new each day - and there are more than 700 courses to boost our professional and personal skills in the new 2012 TAFE Queensland Guide External Link. Learn how to draw blood in subjects like phlebotomy or study the scalp in trichology alongside courses including project management and occupational health and safety. For current students and recent graduates, there's also the chance to win $5000 to maximise their 'TAFE MADE' career as part of the Make It Happen competition. Enter on Facebook External Link by 20 February.

Quick guide for P&C executive officers

Many of us work closely with schools, but have you ever wondered how you could make a difference at a local level? Parents and community members interested in getting involved with their school can read the Quick Guide for P&C Executive Officers, produced by the Queensland Council of Parents' and Citizens' Associations in conjunction with Education Queensland. The guide sets out the roles and responsibilities of P&C officers.

And don't forget

Consultation closes next Friday (17 February) for the proposed Queensland Education Trust, with statewide community forums wrapping up this week.

If you have any questions on departmental initiatives, please send them to the Inquiries Mailbox.

For more news go to OnePortal (DETE employees only).

Julie Grantham

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