Woree and Balaclava State Schools celebrate win at 2018 Showcase Awards

Local state schools at Woree and Balaclava have celebrated a win at this year’s Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools held last Friday.

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and local Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has congratulated Woree State School for their success at the 19th annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Mr Pitt said the Showcase Awards recognise excellent teaching practice in state schools, as well as celebrate and reward the role of our teachers and principals.

“Each recipient demonstrated their contribution to improving educational outcomes for students through innovative programs, initiatives, leadership, partnerships and education support.”

“Woree State School won the Teachers Mutual Bank Showcase Award for State School of the Year for its work developing a whole school culture of learning, collaboration, professional responsibility and accountability.

“I applaud their work and congratulate them for achieving recognition through the state’s most prestigious awards program for state school education” Mr Pitt said.

Balaclava State School won the Queensland Teachers’ Union Showcase Award for Excellence in Indigenous Education for its work revitalising the school’s culture through focus on the A, B and Cs — Attendance, Behaviour, Curriculum and Community.

Michael Healy, Member for Cairns said he was enormously proud and pleased to see such a great outcome for the school. “I know Principal Michael Pattane teachers and support staff have worked incredibly hard and they can be justifiably proud of their achievements and the positive impact they’re having in our local community.

The awards were presented at an evening gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre before 730 guests on the 26th October, the day Queensland celebrates World Teachers’ Day.

The Showcase Awards shared more than $540,000 in development grants amongst the state and regional award recipients.

“These grants support schools to deliver current education programs, as well as encourage the development of new programs and initiatives to support further opportunities for students.” Mr Healy said.

The Showcase Awards organisers received more than 120 submissions reaching more than 80,000 students across Queensland.

The event’s sponsors included Education Queensland International, Griffith University, Network Ten, RemServ, QSuper, QUT, Queensland Teachers’ Union, Teachers Health, Teachers Mutual Bank, and the University of Southern Queensland.

A list of statewide winners is available at

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