City Observer Newsletter 19 October 2017

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) held a meeting at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where all Queensland’s school Principals were expected to attend to hear the latest details of the new Years 11 and 12 assessment system for 2019 and 2020. Our Head of Senior School, Mrs Stuart, attended the two days with me. The Minister, Kate Jones, spoke about the government’s commitment with $74 million over thirteen years since the project’s beginnings in 2007. Murrie Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Albert Holt, commented on the importance of high quality education. He spoke of the now thirty year old Report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and how only two percent of Aboriginal people in custody had completed their school education. The Chair of the QCAA, Brian Short, former Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, presented a forty year history of the Queensland school curriculum and associated assessment and ranking of student academic performance in Year 12, measured during those years. The event had a massive audience, with an estimated 34,000 years of school leadership present. 

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