Director-General's messages to staff - 2016 editions Page ContentPrevious messages 8 December2016 End of Term 4Tomorrow we celebrate the last day of Term 4. This year has been a busy one for the department, and together we can be proud of all we have achieved. 22 November2016 Northern Territory visitLast week I joined Minister Yvette D’Ath in Darwin for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry Skills Council and the Australian Training Awards. 8 November2016 2016 Showcase Awards for Excellence in SchoolsCongratulations to all finalists and awardees recognised for excellence in teaching practice and improved student learning outcomes in our state schools. 25 October2016State Education WeekAs we begin to approach the end of the 2016 school calendar, it is important to recognise the great work that has been happening in our schools over the year and the achievements of both teachers and students. 11 October2016 South East Region visitAn important part of my job is to visit our seven regions regularly to better understand how our talented staff members are working locally to ensure great education outcomes for all young Queenslanders. 27 September2016 Education Council meetingLast week, education leaders from across Australia took part in the Ministerial Education Council meeting — a national forum through which we shape strategic policies on school education, early childhood and higher education. 13 September2016 Teach Queensland Career FairLast week I had the pleasure of attending the Department of Education and Training State Schools Teach Queensland Career Fair - a fantastic forum for us to showcase diverse opportunities the teaching profession presents here in Queensland. 30 August2016 Yarrabah Leadership ForumLast week I had the privilege of joining Minister Jones for the Yarrabah Community Leader’s Forum, supporting the recently established Ministerial Government Champions program. 18 August2016 Captain's TableIn a department as large and geographically dispersed as ours, it can be easy to forget that we are all linked in so many ways - in the work we do, the goals we aspire to and the values that drive us. 4 August2016 Estimates and NAPLAN resultsTerm 3 is always a busy time of year and 2016 has been no exception. 19 July2016 Creative Generation 2016Last weekend the Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage team performed four wonderful shows at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. 29 June2016 Building the capability of our staffOn 13 June, I joined DET staff and contractors to attend the launch of prequalified suppliers for capability and leadership development services. 17 June2016 Visit to AurukunLast week, I visited Aurukun to see first-hand the efforts underway to provide quality educational opportunities for students during the temporary closure of their school, and also to talk more with local people about long-term strategies to ensure the safety and stability of the community. 2 June2016 Independent Schools conferenceLast week, I joined the Independent Public Schools Alliance at their state conference. 17 May2016 National Sorry DayThis month, we mark National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week. 3 May2016 Innovation and InvestmentInnovation and enterprise will continue to drive our economy well into the future. 19 April2016 Anzac DayAnzac Day is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original Anzacs. 6 April2016 The CubeThe Cube at QUT is one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display places. 22 March2016 Aspiring Women in Leadership SummitI was honoured to speak at the 2016 Aspiring Women in Leadership Summit. 8 March2016 Queensland Women's WeekThis week is Queensland Women's Week, and today is International Women's Day. 23 February2016 Independent Public SchoolsThis year, a further 50 schools became independent public schools (IPS), bringing the total state-wide number to 180. 9 February2016 Community CabinetLast week, I joined the Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills at a Community Cabinet. 27 January2016 System reformsSchooling, early childhood education, and training are all constantly evolving sectors.