Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 127 No 1, Feb 2022,p.30
A new beginning
Retired teachers : by Noela Rogers, QRTA President
Happy New Year to all retirees and those about to retire who are reading this article at the beginning of the new year.
As we are still living in this topsy-turvy COVID world, we are all trying to plan what to do during the year. It could be travelling within Australia or, for some, making long term plans for going overseas. Some of you could be planning to learn a new skill or just spend more time with family and friends. Please take note of the activities that have been organised by the Queensland Retired Teachers Association branch in your region if you have time to join in.
The QRTA is a statewide organisation representing retired teachers through branches in Brisbane, Maryborough and Rockhampton. The organisation is affiliated with The Queensland Teachers’ Union and Teachers Union Health. The branches organise regular meetings /social gatherings for the social wellbeing of the members.
In recent years, QRTA membership has grown. Sadly though, we are not seeing these members at functions organised to help keep us in touch with our fellow teachers. Organisations such as ours only exist when people participate. We would hate to lose our association through lack of participation.
With the mail-out of the Queensland Teachers’ Journal comes the information pertaining to all things educational. The monthly newsletter gives you information about the activity planned for the next month. You would be most welcome to join with fellow retirees at these functions.
Members in and around Brisbane are invited to the first social activity, a special morning tea with guest speaker Roly Sussex, which is planned for all members on 15 March (9.30 for 10.00) at Hotel Grand Chancellor at 23 Leichhardt, Spring Hill. The cost is $20, as a Brisbane City Council grant was applied for and received to offset the costs of the morning.
Roland (Roly) Sussex (M.A. Hons.Canterbury: PhD London) is a specialist in language, communication and culture and health communication. He has worked at numerous universities and is currently Research Professor in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland. Since “retiring” he has become involved in social issues as a public intellectual,
He has written a weekly column on language for The Courier-Mail since 2006 and his talkback radio program “A Word in Your Ear” has been broadcast to Queensland every week since 1997.
His very interesting talk for our morning tea is “Communicating under COVID”.
Looking forward to meeting many members at some of the 2022 activities.