• Joe Kelly MP

Media Release: Greenslopes schools takes out three STEM excellence awards

Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in his electorate was exceptional following the announcement of winners in this year’s 2018 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education.

A student, school support officer and a school have been named winners in the prestigious awards.

“It is truly exceptional that of 25 state-wide winners for 2018, three of them are in Greenslopes – Jayden Webster, a student at Mt Gravatt High, Christine McGregor, a support officer at Loreto College and the Brisbane School of Distance Education,” Mr Kelly said.

He hailed the achievement of Jayden Webster of Mount Gravatt State High School who was named as one of just four winners in Queensland of an Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Award.

“These are highly prized and prestigious awards and to be recognised for his excellence is a tribute to Jayden and to the exceptional quality of education students are receiving at Mt Gravatt State High.

“There are just 25 of these awards for the whole of the state, for students, teachers, schools and support officers, and to be named a winner is a fantastic achievement.

“I want to congratulate Jayden and all those involved in STEM education at Mount Gravatt State High School.

“Christine McGregor of Loreto College Coorparoo is one of two winners of Outstanding STEM Support Officer Awards and I want to thank her for the great work she is doing, inspiring students to embrace the technology revolution.

“The IMPACT Centre – Brisbane School of Distance Education was the only STEM Education Partnerships Award winner.

“STEM is shaping the future and coding and robotics are capturing imaginations in classrooms all over the world.

Joe with Rebeka, the Head of Innovation at Brisbane School of Distance Education

“Jayden, Christine and those involved in STEM at the Brisbane School of Distance Education are making sure that our students are leading the way.”

All the winners receive $5,000 each to further their knowledge and experience in STEM.

Mr Kelly said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to improve STEM teaching throughout the state.

“The Government understands how important it is for Queensland students to have access to world-class teachers and technology and has allocated $81.3 million over four years to support STEM teaching in all state primary schools.

“We are making sure that teachers have the skills they need to engage their students to make the most of the opportunities being created by technology,” he said.



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