Cannon Hill Anglican College is committed to enhancing the professional satisfaction and motivation of all staff. This professional community promotes reflective practice, professional growth and a commitment to relevant professional learning.
Staff engage in both formal and informal professional development that cover whole of College initiatives as well as tailored, discipline-specific programs relevant to individual needs. Professional learning occurs throughout the year during student free days in January, April, July, October and at the conclusion of the school year.
Staff also undertake additional learning during their own time and throughout the school year at faculty meetings, staff meetings and in the school holidays.
All of our teachers meet or exceed the professional learning benchmark set by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) by attending professional learning, or by leading learning as a presenter at either internal or external conferences, or workshops.
Interesting Facts about our amazing Teachers
Our teachers include past lawyers, a research scientist, an artist, a translator for the United Nations, and several State Representatives or Champions encompassing touch Football, Cross Country, Athletics, Rowing and Middle Distance Running. And it pays to behave in class as the team also includes a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Life experiences among CHAC’s teaching staff include trekking the mountains of Nepal, being stalked by white rhinos in Zimbabwe, sky-diving in New Zealand, starring in film and television alongside actors from Harrison Ford to Agro, and escaping a Maoist coup in Kathmandu – at 3am in the morning…..in a rickshaw!
Teachers have taught from Punchbowl to Philadelphia and Portsmouth, Dimbulah to Dubai, Laos to London’s East End, and Biggenden to Bogotá. Collectively, our teachers can converse in a plethora of languages, including Russian and Zulu!
Diakonos: to serve
Some CHAC staff use their down time, including long-service leave, to embody CHAC’s mission of service. This work has included working with orphanages in Bolivia and Burma, volunteering in Tanzania, and teaching English in China.
Pre-Service Teacher Centre for Excellence
Each year, the College makes a commitment to support the pre-service teacher programs of the various tertiary institutions across South East Queensland.
Experienced teachers have an important responsibility to mentor and supervise the next generation of teachers. This experience allows our teachers the time to reflect on their own practices, and consciously demonstrate effective strategies and skills in curriculum planning and execution and the work of a teacher in and out of the classroom.
Through Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), we are one of the original four Queensland independent schools identified in 2010 as a Centre of Excellence in supporting and mentoring pre-service teachers.
Teaching Awards and Achievements
Congratulations to Visual Art teacher, Ms Colleen Boyle, who was recently awarded Exemplary Teacher status. Ms Boyle is one of a small number of appointments in Queensland Anglican schools awarded the Exemplary Teacher classification to date, following a thorough, evidence-based application process that scrutinised professional knowledge, practice and engagement.
Cannon Hill Anglican College music teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Pratt, was one of only three Queensland recipients of a 2011 National Award for Excellence in School Music Education. The award recognises outstanding contributions to the provision of music education in Australian schools.
Primary Teachers Kim Knott and Suzie Alexander were selected for a two week educational study tour of China as part of the Australian Government National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program. The purpose of the tour was to gain and broaden knowledge, skills and cultural understanding across learning areas of history, geography, arts and language of China.