Tomorrow marks the start of National Children's Week - a time for recognising the needs of our children and celebrating their achievements. It is fitting that Queensland schools are currently celebrating the reading achievements of children who completed this year's Premier's Reading Challenge. I congratulate more than 70,000 students from Prep to Year 7 for reading a combined total of more than one million books from May to August this year. Thank you to the teachers, Queensland Ready Reader volunteers , parents and caregivers who supported these young readers through the challenge, helping them to improve their literacy skills and encouraging an early love of reading. The Premier's Reading Challenge celebrations began last week and will continue until next Friday 29 October. Schools and early childcare services are encouraged to join in the celebrations for National Children's Week from 23-31 October.
A major refurbishment and expansion project at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE's Roma campus has increased the institute's capability to deliver training to the Surat Basin energy sector. The $6.9 million project was funded under the Australian Government's Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow program, and includes seven new general learning areas, a computer lab, video-conferencing facilities, offices and staff rooms. The environmentally sustainable, purpose-built complex was officially opened this morning. It will play an important role in skilling thousands of Queenslanders to support the continued growth of Queensland's booming energy sector.
Despite the ongoing emphasis on workplace health and safety, more than 3,000 injuries and incidents are still occurring every year across this department. The majority of these are manual handling accidents, slips, trips and falls. During Safe Work Australia Week - 24-30 October - I urge staff to pay particular attention to assessing the safety of their work activities and environments, and taking appropriate action to identify and control potential hazards. The department's Creating Healthier Workplaces website includes a range of resources and fact sheets to assist with this important task. Staff are also invited to attend one of the many information sessions and events being conducted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland .
Our commitment to fostering a diverse workforce has won a major national award and recognition for this department as one of Australia's most inclusive employers. We received a prestigious Diversity@Work Organisational Diversity Laureate Award last week for developing and implementing a wide range of strategies to ensure that our workforce is reflective of Queensland's diverse population. Congratulations to the Human Resources Diversity Team on this achievement. Staff are encouraged to read more about our diversity programs on the Education website.
Nominations are now open for two annual awards programs that honour everyday Australians for their outstanding contribution to the public service and wider community. I encourage staff from across the education, training and early childhood sectors to nominate a colleague for the 2011 Australia Day Achievement Awards and Queen's Birthday Public Service Medals.
Congratulations to Labrador State School's senior choir for their success in the Gold Coast Schools Star Search. After being named joint winner with A B Patterson College, the choir will perform the national anthem at the opening of this weekend's Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race. Their performance will be broadcast to more than 27 million viewers worldwide. Staff may be interested in tuning in to see their performance on Channel 7 at 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday 23 October.
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This page was last reviewed on 01 Nov 2010