Minister meets with school leaders on their own turf
THE national curriculum, human resources, information technology, disability issues in the classroom and red tape reduction were some of the topics discussed during the principal forum at Proserpine State High School on Tuesday.
Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek sent an open invitation to all primary and high school principals in the Whitsundays to sit down and discuss education issues affecting the region.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan said it was a fantastic opportunity for the leaders of our schools to eye ball the minister on their own grounds.
“John-Paul is an excellent minister for education and I think this is an opportunity for people who are in charge of our schools to speak frankly and candidly with the minister,” he said.
Proserpine State High School principal Don McDermid said it was important for the government to receive feedback about the issues affecting schools and students in the region.
“We looked extensively at current agendas and how they affect the school community, the Gonski reform and individual issues surrounding the curriculum and disability agendas,” he said.
Mr McDermid said it was now up to the government to utilise that feedback to improve Queensland’s regional education system.
Mr Costigan said it was a positive experience hearing views of representatives from both govern- ment and non-government schools.
During his visit to Proserpine, Mr Langbroek also awarded a certificate of congratulations to Proserpine State High School in recognition of reaching their 50th anniversary milestone.
“When I see young and passionate year 12 students like those at Proserpine, I have faith in the future of Queensland,” Mr Langbroek said.
PRINCIPAL FORUM: Proserpine State High School principal Don McDermid, Proserpine State School acting principal Sandra Perrett, Cannonvale State School principal Angela Kelly, Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan and St Catherine's School principal Shayrn Bell joined together to discuss education issues affecting the Whitsunday region on Tuesday.