The Art of Role Modelling
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.
The aim of the Exemplary Teacher provision in the Queensland Anglican Schools Enterprise Agreement (2012) is:
To be at the forefront of initiatives across the national and international education community to identify exemplary teachers in Queensland Anglican Schools and also to reward and retain exemplary teachers who consistently demonstrate high levels of professionalism and performance in the classroom. It is recognised by Employers that such exemplary teachers have a very significant influence on the positive learning outcomes of students and have the capacity to provide high quality mentorship to colleagues with whom they work.
Ms Boyle joins Ms Jo-Anne Hine (Visual Art), Mrs Marion Rutter (Health and Physical Education) and Mme Darya Gunn (Languages Education) who have already been awarded Exemplary Teacher status.
National Award for Excellence
Mrs Elizabeth Pratt was one of only three Queensland recipients of a 2011 National Award for Excellence in School Music Education.
Mrs Elizabeth Pratt - award-winning music teacher at Cannon Hill Anglican College compressedCannon 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.
In a letter to Mrs Pratt, The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP – Minister for Education, Early Childhood and Youth – said, "School music education plays a valuable role in nourishing children's creativity. I commend you for your outstanding contribution in this field. This award is a richly deserved acknowledgement of the time and energy you have invested in fostering the creativity of Australian students. Thank you for your invaluable commitment to music education."
Mrs Pratt received a $5000 grant to enable further professional learning in the field of music education, which she will use to attend an international conference.
"I was overwhelmed when I received news of the award", Mrs Pratt said. "You do this because it comes from a love of teaching and a passion for what you do. The rewards are the positive everyday comments you receive, and the students' achievements."
Having been teaching for over 20 years, Mrs Pratt finds the integration of technology into the music curriculum one of the most exciting developments in recent times.
"We have embraced and adopted technology to the point that our entire music curriculum is now available online. Students are able to take more control of their own learning, with the support of composing and recording software and the use of Web 2.0 tools. Our students are also privileged to have access to our professional recording studio, on campus.
"It is very rewarding to see the impact that music can have on their personal growth and development. It is well documented that music helps with brain development, evidenced by the impressive number of high achieving students who participate in the CHAC music program."
Mrs Pratt's goal is to continue to enable her music students "to fly and to achieve outstanding results".
China Study Tour Selection
Year 7 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.