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Dr Ryan Messmore - Presentation Notes

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Coat of Arms Media Release
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland’s new Cabinet focusses on jobs

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Queensland’s new Cabinet focusses on jobs

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her new Cabinet will be focussed on job creation, listening to Queenslanders and acting on their concerns, while restoring integrity and accountability to government in Queensland.

“The new Cabinet is an exciting mix of experience and fresh talent,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The remainder of this Media Statement can be accessed via the following link:



The Australian Government has considered the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report and released its response. The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group - Australian Government Response was released on 13 February 2015 See


Please find attached Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s speech "The Future of Teacher Education:  The Australian Government's response to the TEMAG Report." Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture, Australian Council for Educational Leaders.




Christian Heritage College, Brisbane (CHC) has announced the name of its new Dean of the School of Education and Humanities.

Dr Sue Starling will commence as Dean on Monday 16 February 2015.

In announcing Dr Starling’s appointment, CHC’s President Professor Darren Iselin acknowledged her many years of academic and organisational leadership.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr Sue Starling to CHC as Dean of our School of Education and Humanities," said Professor Iselin.

"She comes to CHC with many years as an educational leader, including seven years as Principal of Flinders Christian Community College in Victoria. Through her practical experience and specialised academic study, she will make an outstanding contribution to our School and build on a foundation of almost thirty years of Christian teacher education at CHC."

Dr Starling is a specialist in the Understanding by Design pedagogical framework, and speaks widely on this topic. Her Masters thesis was entitled Competence in Initial Teacher Education: Storied Accounts of Teachers and her PhD from Flinders University was titled Silent Rivals in Christian Education and the Shalom Perspective.

"It is a real privilege to join the CHC team and continue the outstanding teacher education work established by Dr Rob Herschell, a respected colleague," said Dr Starling.

"CHC has an excellent reputation in the field and I am very much looking forward to being part of the next exiting phase of development and growth."

Christian Heritage College is an accredited higher education provider with over 700 students completing undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Business, Education, Social Sciences and Ministry. It was founded by Dr Brian Millis as a Christian teachers’ college in 1986 with nine students.


Interview opportunities and images are available to accompany this story. Contact Stuart Charlton, Marketing Manager at Christian Heritage College +61 7 3347 7921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2015 Queensland Election: ACS Election Statement


Please find attached the responses from ALP Qld and LNP Qld to the ACS Election Statement.


Qld Greens did not provide a formal response but sent their Education Policy which is also attached.



“What is education for? And more specifically, what is at stake in a distinctly Christian education? What does the qualifier Christian mean when appended to education? It is usually understood that education is about ideas and information (though it is also too often routinely reduced to credentialing for a career and viewed as a ticket to a job). And so distinctively Christian education is understood to be about Christian ideas--which usually requires a defense of the importance of "the life of the mind." On this account, the goal of a Christian education is the development of a Christian perspective, or more commonly now, a Christian worldview, which is taken to be a system of Christian beliefs, ideas, and doctrines.

But what if this line of thinking gets off on the wrong foot? What if education ... is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires? What if we began by appreciating how education not only gets into our head but also (and more fundamentally) grabs us by the gut? What if education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions - our visions of 'the good life' - and not merely about the dissemination of data and information as inputs to our thinking? What if the primary work of education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect? ...

What if education wasn't first and foremost about what we know, but about what we love?”
James K.A. Smith

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