Last Thursday saw something recognised at an Independent Schools Queensland function; something that we have known for a long time.
At a gathering, recognising teachers who had been certified as Highly Accomplished or Lead Teachers, as defined by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, an impressive 10 of the 25 recipients were CHAC teachers. While this prestigious event recognised a small group of our staff, they are indicative of the highly professional, highly committed staff we are blessed with at the College.
Our staff regularly go well beyond the requirements of their employment because they are genuinely committed to providing each of our students with the best educational experience possible. I have included below the official media release from Independent Schools Queensland, which sums up beautifully the achievements of our staff.
Official Media Release from Independent Schools Queensland:
National Recognition for Ten Outstanding Cannon Hill Anglican College Teachers
Ten outstanding educators from Cannon Hill Anglican College (CHAC) have confirmed their places in the top echelons of Australia’s teaching profession.
They are among the first group of 25 independent school teachers to be certified by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) as Highly Accomplished or Lead Teachers (HALT) – the highest career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Teachers Suzie Alexander, Anthony Florido, Anita Spencer, Marion Rutter, Jo-Anne Hine, Sandra Gerbes, Fiona McCreadie, Jane Everett, Robert Hawkin and Melinda Myles joined their fellow HALT graduates at a celebratory event hosted by ISQ at Customs House in Brisbane last night (6 Sept).
The CHAC teachers now belong to a growing network of high performing Australian teachers. There are currently about 500 HALT-certified teachers nationwide.
Independent school teachers seeking national certification undergo a rigorous appraisal of their teaching practice. This includes demonstrating their proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and undergoing peer and student review and classroom observations.
CHAC Principal Robyn Bell said the College applauded the teachers on gaining national certification - five as Lead Teachers and five as Highly Accomplished Teachers.
“The community of Cannon Hill Anglican College recognises the outstanding calibre of its teaching staff,” Mrs Bell said.
“A quarter of our teachers have now embraced the challenge first afforded by the College in conjunction with ISQ in 2015, to develop portfolios of their professional practice, leading to these new national classifications,” she said.
“With 12 teachers participating in the current round, we celebrate and congratulate our staff on this significant professional commitment, which further enhances the high-quality learning environment for our students at CHAC.”
ISQ Executive Director David Robertson congratulated Cannon Hill Anglican College on its commitment to teaching excellence and the ongoing professional development of its teachers.
“For outstanding educators like those at CHAC, teaching is not a job, it’s their heart’s work. What’s common to all these teachers is their care for and belief in every one of their students. They recognise the potential within their students and seek to draw it out by connecting with them and challenging them with content-rich, relevant learning experiences,” he said.
“Their impact extends beyond the classroom into the staffroom as agents of change who share and collaborate with their colleagues across a wide range of year levels and subject areas including social sciences, Japanese, health and physical education and industrial design and technology.”
AITSL Chief Executive Officer Lisa Rodgers congratulated the sector’s first group of newly certified expert teachers and ISQ for its support of national teacher certification.
Ms Rodgers said the number of nationally certified HALTs had more than doubled from about 250 to almost 500 in the past three years, as momentum builds across the country and particularly from Queensland.
“These talented teachers have proved they are all experts who are having a profound impact on the learning lives of their students and sharing their expertise with their colleagues, and we need to celebrate them,” she said.
“AITSL welcomes all 25 new HALTs into the national HALT network and also congratulates ISQ for making the program available so that together we continue to grow the number of HALTs across Queensland to the benefit of students across the state.”
As the CHAC community heads off for a well-earned break, I thank all our teachers and administrative staff for their ongoing efforts and wish all members of our community a safe and relaxing holiday. To Mrs Nakamura, Mr Fergus and Mrs Everett, and their group of passionate Japanese students, I wish a memorable, challenging and rewarding tour to Japan. I am sure you will cherish the homestay experience with our sister school, Seiryo High School, in the shadows of Mount Fuji.