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Queensland Turns the Spotlight on the Contribution of Teachers

26 August 2017

Queensland will celebrate the contribution of teachers to educating, challenging and inspiring the state’s 800,000 students on World Teachers’ Day tomorrow (Friday 27 October).

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Executive Director David Robertson congratulated the state’s 70,000-strong teaching workforce – which includes about 10,000 independent school teachers – on the work they do every day to engage and educate students.

“It’s important that we publicly celebrate and value the contribution teachers make to improving the individual lives of children and shaping Queensland’s next generation of leaders, innovators, thinkers and change makers,” Mr Robertson said.

“Most people can remember a teacher who made a difference to their lives – whether it was by believing in them or challenging them to pursue and develop their talents.”

Mr Robertson said World Teachers’ Day was an opportune time to honour teachers who have had a significant impact on their students and communities.

“I would like to congratulate all nominees and finalists in the 2017 Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards,” he said.

“I wish the 21 finalists, particularly the six independent school leaders and teachers, the very best at the awards ceremony in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday). These men and women are representative of the wealth of teaching and leadership talent in Queensland schools.”

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QISPN) Executive Officer Sue Kloeden extended her heartfelt thanks to Queensland teachers for their commitment to their vocation.

“Teachers do remarkable work. They shape the future of our children and our state,” Ms Kloeden said.

“Teaching isn’t an easy job - so much is expected of our teachers and schools today by parents and society,” she said.

“Sometimes we don’t show our appreciation enough or as often as our teachers deserve. World Teachers’ Day gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and thank teachers, not only for educating this state’s young people, but also for challenging, nurturing, supporting and inspiring them.”

ISQ is part of a cross-sector World Teachers’ Day campaign, led by the Queensland Government, to acknowledge and promote the contribution of teachers. Other partners include the Queensland College of Teachers, Queensland Catholic Education Commission, the Independent Education Union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union.

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