8 October, 2021
Recognising our teachers
A STATE-WIDE competition has commenced to create Queensland’s largest teacher thank you in partnership with renowned QLD artist Rachel Burke.
The competition, an expression of gratitude to the 100,000 plus teachers across the state, is open to all Queenslanders to acknowledge teachers, present and past, and highlight their contribution to community.
Winning entries will be chosen based on creativity, originality, and inspiration. The school in each region with the single most creative entry will receive a $1000 OfficeWorks prize pack for their nominated teacher.
Their entry will feature as part of an exclusive Rachel Burke art installation, to be unveiled on World Teachers’ Day on October 29. Individual teachers also have the chance to win individual $100 gift cards for professional development.
According to Jason Murray, Chief of Member Experience at QSuper, which spearheaded the initiative, the gift of gratitude and recognition for the teachers of Queensland cannot be understated.
“Techers give, day in, day out, often thanklessly and tirelessly. This year more than most, I think we’ve found a new level of appreciation for the powerful role they play in shaping our children’s lives and world view.
“They are mentors, guides and foundational role models for life, and we are humbled by all they do,” Mr Murray said.
Commenting on her involvement Artist Rachel Burke, said, “As a mother, a proud Queenslander, and an advocate for education, particularly the arts, I’m thrilled to be involved.
“From the entries received, my goal is to create an artwork that will honour Queensland teachers as well as capture the creativity of our kids.
“I know personally, there are a few stand-out teachers that spring to my mind and helped me in getting to where I am today as an artist, and they too, undoubtedly will form part of my inspiration,” added Ms Burke.