Director-General's messages to staff - 2017 editions Page ContentPrevious messages 5 December 2017 Queensland wins big at Australian Training AwardsOn Thursday 23 November 2017 our team of 13 Queensland finalists took on the best from around Australia, competing for national honours at the Australian Training Awards. 23 November 2017 Schools invited to pledge for a piece of Games historyQueensland students are set to follow in the footsteps of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games greats, long after the closing ceremony. 7 November 2017 2017 Showcase Awards for Excellence in SchoolsCongratulations to all finalists and winners who were recognised for their excellence in teaching practice and improved student outcomes at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner. 25 October 2017 Queensland schools ready for NAPLAN OnlineA total of 115 state schools successfully completed September’s NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test, highlighting that our department’s staged transition is on track. 12 October 2017 Aspley East State School visitA big thank you to Aspley East State School principal Andrew Duncan, the staff and students for hosting me last Wednesday. 12 September 2017 Queensland Training Awards state winners celebrate excellenceWe recently celebrated the 56th Queensland Training Awards giving us a glimpse of the excellence within in our state’s vocational education and training sector. 29 August 2017 Toowoomba Flexi School visitLast week I had the pleasure of visiting the Toowoomba Flexi School to learn more about the incredible programs on offer to support students reach their full potential. 17 August 2017 GC2018 Embrace Learning - the new Commonwealth Games learning websiteI am delighted to announce we have launched the official education program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). 1 August 2017 Spectacular CGEN Voices 2017 - final ticket salesWe are about to be dazzled with Creative Generation (CGEN) Voices performances starting this week. 19 July 2017 Far North Queensland visitLast week the Queensland State Government continued its Governing from the Regions program, allowing Ministers to meet with industry and community representatives in Cairns to discuss local issues and priorities. 5 July 2017 NAIDOC WeekThis week we celebrate NAIDOC Week, with the theme: Our languages matter. 21 June 2017End of Term 2In our final days of Term 2, I would like to sincerely congratulate all staff for their dedication and energy throughout a strong first semester for 2017. 8 June 2017Pumicestone State School official openingLast week Minister Kate Jones and I attended the official opening of Pumicestone State School. 23 May 2017New Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance systemThe Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) OnePortal page contains new information and resources to support state schools to successfully transition to the new SATE system. 9 May 2017 Anzac DayThanks to all schools that commemorated Anzac Day with their staff and students, including Yeronga State School which hosted a commemoration of the Anzac Landing at Gallipoli. 18 April 2017 Term 2Welcome to Term 2! With such a strong and positive start to 2017 behind us, I am looking forward to working with you all as we strive to provide engaging, inclusive and innovative learning environments across our schools, early childhood centres and training organisations. 15 March 2017Cairns visitWhile in Cairns for the Queensland Government Community Cabinet this week, I took the opportunity to visit two fantastic local schools - Cairns State Special School and Woree State High School. 1 March 2017Springwood State High School rowing programI recently spent a great morning on the water with students from Springwood State High School to learn about their fantastic rowing program. 16 February 2017 Hervey Bay visitRecently I was invited to Hervey Bay to attend the 2017 Urangan State High School Leadership Induction Ceremony honouring this year's student leaders. 2 February2017 Term 1, 2017With 2017 well underway, I hope that you all had a happy and restful festive season and are ready for another fantastic year furthering our world-class education and training services and improving outcomes for our young Queenslanders.