CQ principals converge on Gladstone to connect and learn
TWO hundred and fifty school principals from around Queensland have converged on Gladstone for the biennial Central Queensland Regional Principals Conference.
Principals will hear from speakers and workshop their techniques for teaching and learning at the conference, which was organised by the Department of Education and Training.
The conference was an important professional development and networking opportunity, Queensland Teachers' Union Central Queensland organiser Barry Thomson said.
Mr Thomson said it was great for principals across the region to have the opportunity to meet.
"Central Queensland is a vast region and many principals don't get the opportunity to meet with their colleagues from other centres very often, so it's a good opportunity for that to occur," he said.
"What is a really key factor of a conference like this is for principals to have the opportunity together to talk to each other and learn from each other as much as from any formal presentations."
As a school principal, Kin Kora State School's Kay Kirkman feels a responsibility for facilitating learning in the community.
"Our ability to influence teaching and learning is occurring in our schools," she said.
She said the CQ Regional Principals Conference would provide the chance to reflect and to connect with others.
"I guess because we're so busy in our own schools it's a good opportunity to take time out and reflect on our own practice," she said.
Ms Kirkman studied hard over the past weeks to prepare for the event.
"It's...a chance to engage with other principals about what they consider best practice in their own schools, and we can take elements of that to enhance our own practice," she said.
Jasmine Moore is the principal and only teacher at Ubobo State School.
"As a small school principal in a rural setting it's nice to be able to come to these events, network with other people and learn off my peers in similar settings," she said.
Ms Moore said she was looking forward to a session on teaching students with disabilities.
"Every student has a right to an education no matter what their ability," she said.
The conference is the biggest yet to be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, according to Gladstone region mayor Gail Sellers.
"Hosting such a large conference would not have been possible were it not for (the) council's vision to upgrade the GECC venue to its current size and capabilities," she said.
GECC's Garry Hansen said it would be the first of many big conferences at the venue.
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