"My first QTU Conference"
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 5, 30 July 2021, page no.11
This was my first Conference, and I was looking forward to seeing more about how it worked. I found it interesting to learn about the rich history of Union activists during the Life Membership awards, and happily brought home a couple of the books on union history. On the second day, we heard from Grace Grace MP – I now know that she strongly believes in keeping our wonderful music education programs financial. Within the fabric of the Australian Curriculum, the value of music education is losing its strength as more schools reduce programs in order to allocate funds fairly between the strands of the arts. It is difficult to find staffing for music specialist positions, and these programs still suffer greatly when schools choose to deliver music once per year as part of the arts – the Australian Curriculum clearly states that music is a subject to be delivered continuously throughout the year.
Priscilla Catling, Music Specialist
So many things happen behind the scenes that as a member you don’t know about, so having the opportunity to attend Conference really gave me insight into the discussions and actions that the QTU takes to stand up for what’s right in education. I now have a deeper knowledge about the issues and actions that the QTU is addressing. These issues are not just things that affect a minority, but the education system as a whole, so it was really fantastic to see the passion of members bringing these issues forward for discussion. The Biennial Conference was a great chance to meet other like-minded unionists from across the state. Being able to meet others who are as passionate and Union-driven as you really develops your confidence in yourself and your Union. It was great to see a variety of unionists engaging in the conference and their joy in coming together to discuss agenda items to better education.
Jae Macbeth, Buddina State School
For my first Biennial Conference, I can safely say my greatest takeaway from the experience was my renewed sense of camaraderie and passion for the fight. Being so close to like-minded teachers from around the region I work in and the state as a whole was beneficial too, as I gained an insight into their drive and passion as well. By speaking with other teachers, I felt a renewed sense of passion for our career. I felt validated that my concerns and woes about my career were shared by many, and that I wasn’t alone. Engaging in conversation with others in the Union, I was filled with a drive that inspired ideas of encouraging more members of our teaching community to join and engage with our wonderful Union.
Kelsey Hawthorn, Marsden State High School