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Nominations for $5,000 STEM awards now open

High Achieving Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM students are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Peter Doherty STEM awards.

Awards are offered across the following 6 categories:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student Awards
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM Awards
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards
  • STEM Education Partnership Awards
  • Outstanding School STEM Awards

2019 marks the 16th year of the awards named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

Nominations close COB 28 March 2019, with winners announced at an awards presentation ceremony on 9 August 2019.

For further information on how to apply, visit Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

My Language Matters: How to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D students

​The Department of Education's new video, My Language Matters, narrated by NRL legend Sam Thaiday, raises awareness about the language backgrounds and language learning needs of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students use Standard Australian English (SAE) as their home language. In fact, a significant number speak a traditional language, a creole, or one of many Aboriginal English dialects as their home language. My Language Matters provides a brief history of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and explains the '3 way strong' policy.

The department's '3 way strong' approach recognises and values all language varieties spoken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) by explicitly teaching SAE and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student's connection to their heritage through culture and languages.

My Language Matters alerts school staff to the importance of identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D students, using Bandscales to understand student's SAE proficiency and explicitly teaching SAE to support every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to access the curriculum.

Watch the My Language Matters​ video​

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To learn more about how to recognise, respect and respond to the languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D learners, visit the EAL/D Hub​ (login required).​

Nominate for 2019 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards recognise initiatives undertaken by educational institutions, businesses, community organisations and government departments that go above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for our state.

There’s $25,000 in prize money to be shared across all award categories.

To nominate, review the 2019 guidelines (PDF, 6.5MB) and agency/organisation endorsement form (PDF, 1.1MB). You'll then need to register and fill out the nomination form​.

Nominations close 5pm, Monday 25 February with the award recipients announced during National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June 2019.

Check out these fun back-to-school resources

Turning up to school every day makes a significant difference to students’ lives. Higher school attendance leads to more positive student outcomes. For this reason, the Department of Education has a range of fun and engaging resources to support students’ in their efforts to attend school – every day.

The adventures of Jimmy and Sam the Dog animation and comic book features NRL legend Sam Thaiday as Sam the Dog, with a cameo appearance by Johnathan Thurston, plus former Queensland Firebirds netballer Beryl Friday.

Head to Every day counts to check out the materials. Feel free to share.

Your free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource

Did you know the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library in Brisbane serves schools all around Queensland?

Dandiiri Library is a valuable, state-wide resource reflecting all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

Schools can access fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, puzzles, puppets, toys, kits, artefacts and teacher reference materials, all with an Indigenous focus.

The library’s knowledgeable staff can help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in authentic and meaningful ways. Dandiiri is also an excellent source of materials on topics such as Reconciliation, the Stolen Generation, Native Title and NAIDOC week.

Membership for schools and teachers is free. Visit the Dandiiri Library page for more information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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04 March 2019