QLD’s top state schools named
THE state's best educators have been recognised - not for their NAPLAN scores - but for their ability to think outside the box.
Education Minister Grace Grace congratulated 11 schools and teachers at the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools on Friday.
The awards recognise educators for their innovation and drive to engage young Queenslanders.
In the south east region, two Logan schools shone.
Woree State School in Cairns might have taken out Queensland's State School of the Year but as runner up, Marsden State High School can now lay claim to being the best high school in the state.
Principal Andrew Peach was proud as punch.
"I'm very proud of our school and the school community and it's great to see the recognition across the state for the wonderful things that happen at Marsden High," Mr Peach said.
Mabel Park High School was also a finalist in the community engagement awards for its Health Training Hub, a world-class school-to-work transition program.
In the Brisbane metropolitan area, Wishart State School's Yolanda Tognini won Principal of the Year and Durack State School won the award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the awards reward excellence and leadership practice in Queensland state schools.
"The calibre of finalists for this year's awards was outstanding," Ms Grace said.
"Both of our south east finalists - Marsden State High School and Mabel Park State High School - should be incredibly proud of their contribution to education."
The Showcase Awards received more than 120 submissions reaching more than 80,000 students across Queensland.
The awards were presented this evening at a gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday.
Showcase Awards recipients share in more than $540,000 in development grants.
Full list of state winners
The Network Ten Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years
State winner: Durack State School, Project to practice
State finalist: Meridan State College, Supporting successful Prep transitions - our Meridan way
The QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years
State winner: Goondiwindi State High School, How do we make the teaching of writing everyone's responsibility?
State finalist: Kawana Waters State College, Future proofing senior students for success
The QUT Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education
State winner: Nambour Special School, Lifting literacy for every learner!
State finalist: Queensland Virtual STEM Academy
The RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
State winner: Mount Molloy State School, Growing our community
State finalist: Mabel Park State High School, Health Training Hub
The Showcase Award for Excellence in Industry Partnerships
State winner: Thuringowa State High School, Advancing education for a global tropics future
State finalist: Atherton State High School, Reach for the stars - Online College of Advanced STEM
The Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement
State winner: Sunshine Beach State High School, Creating global citizens
State finalist: Wellers Hill State School, Developing students for a global future
The Queensland Teachers' Union Showcase Award for Excellence in indigenous Education
State winner: Balaclava State School, Highway to success though A, B, Cs - Indigenous kids striving for positive futures
State finalist: Goondiwindi State School, Culturally responsive teaching through a community driven approach
The University of Southern Queensland Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education
State winner: Dalby State High School - Bunya Campus, Creating rural futures
State finalist: Surat State School, Digital technologies
The Teachers Health Showcase Award for Teacher of the Year
State winner: Carly Sopronick, Atherton State High School
State finalist: Louise Kliese, Indooroopilly State School
State finalist: Judith Stutchbury, Kalkie State School
The Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Principal of the Year
State winner: Yolanda Tognini, Wishart State School
State finalist: Michael Kiss, Avoca State School
The Teachers Mutual Bank Showcase Award for State School of the Year
State winner: Woree State School, We discover, strive and shine!
State finalist: Marsden State High School, Make a difference - the Marsden way