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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Exploring Queensland through the student’s lens

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Exploring Queensland through the student’s lens

    Photographs taken by Queensland school students as part of a competition will be used to attract new teachers to the state.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said students had captured the beauty of stunning rural and remote locations as well as images of students and schools.

    “They are powerful pictures and will help to persuade interstate and international teachers to consider moving to Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

    “I would say they are pretty much irresistible.

    “The students have mesmerised judges with the quality of their entries in the Teach Queensland Style student photo competition and have perfectly captured the uniqueness and beauty of their school communities.”

    Ms Grace announced the winners of the competition today at the formal opening ceremony of Baringa State Primary School near Caloundra – winner of one of the categories.

    “The competition was open to all state school students in Prep to Year 12, with students from Prep to Year 6 entering as a class or group, while students in Year 7 and above entered individually,” Ms Grace said.

    “The winning photos encompassed the themes of family, emotion (surprise), environment and friendship, which perfectly sums up life in our schools and wider school communities.”

     The winners in the four categories are:  

    •          Early Years - Tagai State College Prep class
    •          Primary Years - Baringa State Primary School Year 3/4B students
    •          Junior Secondary - Jarlee Sambo from Doomadgee State School
    •          Senior Secondary - Hannah Costello from Cloncurry State School


    “I congratulate all the winners and runners-up, and applaud the efforts of all the students from the 26 schools who entered the competition,” Ms Grace said.

    “Prizes include a Canon EOS 1300DKB digital SLR camera, GoPro Hero 6, Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 polaroid cameras, book vouchers and printed canvases, a prize pool worth almost $5,000.

    “Other entries covered themes including multiculturalism, Indigenous lifestyles, belonging, work, science and technology, and the outback.”

    The competition aimed to shine a spotlight on what it’s like to live and work in our schools, especially in rural and remote parts of Queensland.

    “These colourful, wonderful photographs tell stories about human relationships and life and I strongly encourage everyone to take the opportunity to view all the entries which are available online,” Ms Grace said.

    “We designed the competition to provide an insight into the communities and state schools where our teachers make a difference every day, and I am delighted to say the breadth of photographs we received certainly does that.”

    The photos will be considered for use in recruitment marketing activities, which will promote Queensland as a ‘teaching destination’ to local, interstate and international teacher audiences.  


    To view the winning photograph in the Primary Years category, click here

    If you would like to view all photographs submitted for the competition you can do so via the online gallery follow this link:

    People looking to teach in a Queensland state school are encouraged to visit the Teach Queensland website and apply today:


    List of winners and runners-up for the Teach Queensland Style Student Photo Competition:

    Early Years

    •          First place – Tagai State College (Prep class)
    •          Runner-up – Peregian Springs State School (Prep class)
    •          Runner-up - Runcorn Heights State School (Class 1K)

    Primary Years

    •          First place – Baringa State Primary School (Year 3/4B)
    •          Runner-up – Sprinbrook State School (Years 3-6)
    •          Runner-up – Veresdale Scrub State School (Years 3-5)

    Junior Secondary

    •          First place – Jarlee Sambo from Doomadgee State School
    •          Runner-up - Szonja Meszaros from North Lakes State College

    Senior Secondary

    •          First place – Hannah Costello from Cloncurry State School
    •          Runner-up – Anna Martin from Toowoomba State High School


    Media contact: Emma Clarey 0439 578 472