Message from the Branch President, Karen Fox
Thank you to all members who nominated colleagues and peers for the ACELQ Annual Awards. The Award recipients will be announced by the end of June.
Date Claimer: The ACELQ Annual Awards Ceremony
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, 11 Ruthven St Corinda, Brisbane. Click here to register online.
This month we highlight and promote the upcoming special Pivotal People event at the Gold Coast.
Busting the Myths of how people learn: The science of learning and leadership
When: Thursday 10 June 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: St Andrews Lutheran College, 175 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, TALLEBUDGERA
For more information and registration click here.
Thank you to the Toowoomba and Downs ACEL network for convening the recent informative and convivial Dinner on the Downs. I was delighted to attend with ACEL State Branch Executive members Alexander Mason and Norm Hunter. Thank you to Alex and Norm for the following information and reflections on the evening:
On Thursday, 27 May 2021 members of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs branch of ACEL met together for the annual Dinner on the Downs.
More than 55 educational leaders from across the Darling Downs region met to hear a discussion around the legal ramifications associated with the concept of consent.
Guest speaker, Mr Adair Donaldson, a legal expert in relation to matters of consent outlined some of the existing and potential future challenges associated with this matter particularly within a schooling context.
By the close of the evening it became clear that neither the legal profession on its own, nor the education profession on its own, nor any one profession working on its own is capable of creating the entirety of the cultural change needed to make sure that questions like consent are dealt with in an appropriate manner within our broader society, and it was noted that the legal perspective is only a one small aspect of this necessary change.
Of significance to educators in the context of discussing culture was a reminder of the power of a statement of commitment to the profession of teaching (a document drafted and created by ACELQ in 2016–2017) which sets out amongst other factors the need for collaboration amongst professional teachers but also the need to offer a spirit of optimism resilience and hope in the lives of young people.
The opportunities for leaders from across sectors and across schools to meet to discuss the challenges that they face in their day-to-day work are a vital and necessary component of the sort of collegialism that ACEL aspires to, and delivers, particularly in our local Queensland context.
It was gratifying to note that at this year’s Dinner on the Downs, representatives of schools had travelled from Brisbane to be in attendance in addition to several members of the Queensland branch executive from Brisbane.
All are invited to consider attendance at this event next year and to foster in your own communities, opportunities for meetings across sectors of school leaders possibly over dinner in a formal setting with guest speakers. The ACELQ Branch Executive members are keen to assist in facilitating such initiatives.