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

    Friday, October 25, 2019

    Leading state schools shine at 20th Showcase Awards

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

    Friday, October 25, 2019

    Leading state schools shine at 20th Showcase Awards

    Queensland’s leading state schools have been honoured at the 20th annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

    Education Minister Grace Grace applauded the 10 winners at a gala dinner in Brisbane tonight, attended by over 700 people.

    “We’re celebrating 20 years of Showcase in Queensland this year, with tonight’s awards closing out State Education Week and World Teachers’ Day today.

    “The Showcase Awards are Queensland’s most prestigious education awards, recognising excellence in teaching practice in our state schools.

    “The calibre of submissions and finalists was simply outstanding once again this year - more than 120 submissions were received from schools involving 67,000 students across the state.

    “All of our winners and finalists should be incredibly proud.

    “Congratulations to all!”

    Ms Grace said this year’s award recipients, along with the state and regional finalists, had shared in $177,500 of development grants funding.

    Ms Grace acknowledged the generous support of the Showcase Awards sponsors.

    “We couldn’t deliver this important program without the wonderful support of our sponsors,” she said.

    The 2019 Showcase Awards sponsors were – Education Queensland International; Griffith University; Network 10; QSuper; Queensland Teachers’ Union; QUT; RemServ; Southern Cross University; Teachers Health and Teachers Mutual Bank.

    The 2019 Showcase Awards winners are listed below. The full list of state finalists is available at https://showcase.education.qld.gov.au/

     

    Media contact: Laura McKee 0451 997 920

     

    State Winners – 2019 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools

     

    Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years

    Winner: Beenleigh Special School

    Submission: I’ve got more to say: differentiation is the key to success

     

    QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years

    Winner: Merrimac State High School

    Submission: STEAMing to international success

     

    QUT Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education

    Winner: Dakabin State School

    Submission: Leading a sustained commitment to inclusion

     

    RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement

    Winner: Lawnton State School

    Submission: Connected kids, connected communities, connected futures

     

    Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement

    Winner: Eatons Hill State School

    Submission: Reinvigorating languages through innovation and technology

     

    Queensland Teachers’ Union Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

    Winner: Mossman State School

    Submission: Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Language Program

     

    Teachers Mutual Bank Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education

    Winner: 16 schools from Burdekin/Dalrymple Clusters:

    • Pentland State School
    • Cameron Downs State School
    • Greenvale State School
    • Homestead State School
    • Prairie State School
    • Ravenswood State School
    • Kalamia State School
    • Maidavale State School
    • Airville State School
    • Brandon State School
    • Clare State School
    • Giru State School
    • Gumlu State School
    • Jarvisfield State School
    • Millaroo State School
    • Osborne State School

    Submission:The rural and remote individualised curriculum delivery initiative

     

    Teachers Health Showcase Award for Teacher of the Year

    Winner: Mr Chris Buswell, Mountain Creek State High School

     

    Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Principal of the Year

    Winner: Ms Tonia Smerdon, Normanton State School

     

    Southern Cross University Showcase Board’s Choice Award

    Winner: Mareeba State School for its submission for the RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement

    Submission: Foundations for success