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Queensland Teachers' Journal August 2017

Editorial: Changing language, changing the rules

Conventional words and thinking produce conventional results. It is not enough when better is needed. For that, new ways of expressing ourselves and new frames are required.

Regional Union Reps Conference

The QTU has conducted its first Regional Union Reps Conference in more than a decade.

QTU PPCR submission

The QTU has provided a submission to the Promotional Positions Classification Review

Vale Robert “Bob” Baldwin

QTU Life Member Bob Baldwin died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday 21 July 2017 at his parents' property in Cottonvale, north of Stanthorpe.

From the President: Breaking the rules can be good for the soul

A comment by ACTU General Secretary Sally McManus has left people across Australia enthused by the thought of turning back the industrial relations clock

Anger rising over Turnbull school funding plan

The anger over the Turnbull school funding plan, and the deal done with the Senate, is growing.

From the VP: A difficult conversation, but one worth having…

Asking a colleague who is not a QTU member to join the Union can be confronting and daunting. But you should rip off the band aid and have the conversation.

Staying Well: Taking care of member workload and wellbeing

During November, the QTU is holding its first Workload and Wellbeing Awareness Month (WWAM) to support members in making a difference.

2017 teacher transfer appeal process

Each year, there are QTU members who either receive a required transfer that they do not want to accept or who have requested but not received a transfer to a specific geographic area and/or region.

Refreshing principal support and involvement

One of the major decisions of the QTU State Conference in June this year was a new look at the representation of principals and other education leaders by the QTU.

The QTU’s “acknowledgement of traditional owners” card

The QTU has produced an “acknowledgement of traditional owners” card to assist members at meetings and events.

NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC Week is a celebration held in the first week of July every year. This year, after 10 years, the celebration returned to Cairns.

School uniforms: give girls a proper choice

At the QTU Biennial Conference, members voted to support a choice of pants or shorts for both the formal and sports uniform for all girls from prep to year 12. 

School leads hunt for tomorrow's entrepreneurs

Indooroopilly State High School is leading a consortium of industry, government and education organisations and individuals aiming to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Cheers! Kingaroy SHS bottles its first commercial wine

School turns to commercial winemaking to teach science.

Proud To Be QTU

Pull-out poster

The fight for Mojgan goes on

The QTU and TRAPSA have galvanised around the “Free Mojgan” campaign, set up in support of Mojgan Shamsalipoor, a young Iranian woman seeking asylum in Australia

No more throwing good VET money after bad

For those working in TAFE, particularly educators, one of the chief concerns over recent years is systemic change impacting on the quality of outcomes for students.


Permanency / MUP / marriage leave

Legal: No more "just between you and me"

A raconteur teacher may have been able to save his career, if only he hadn’t told students not to tell their parents about his stories of priestly toilet mishaps, teddy bears down pants and other assorted oddities.