Community is one of TUH's values and we strive to show appreciation to the education community and the local community by providing support and volunteer services to organisations that promote the health and wellbeing of Australians.
We also encourage our employees to make a difference in our community with volunteer service leave, enabling them to contribute one day per year (during work hours) to their choice of community service.
We believe that small acts make a big difference and feedback has shown our members believe this too. Below are some examples of how we bring this philosophy to life at TUH.
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is an annual state-wide initiative for state and non-state schools, home-educated students up to Year 9 and children attending an approved kindergarten program or long day care centre.
The challenge encourages all participants to read or experience books suited to meet or extend their reading ability. Children and students can participate in the challenge within their school, early childhood centre or as individual readers.
The PRC is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life. Through the challenge children and students are given an opportunity to develop their appreciation of the English language and are encouraged to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary texts.
Students who complete the challenge have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier.
As the proud principal partner of the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge, we thought it would be a great idea for teaching staff to hear first hand just how much they inspire a love of reading in our children. Students (or parents of very young students) can tell us in 50 words or less how their teacher or librarian helps inspire a love of reading. In 2016 we received over 1,341 thank you messages from students to 779 teachers at 387 schools. The winning schools for 2016 were:
- Cavendish Road State High School - Coorparoo
- Groves Christian College - Logan
- Krugar State School - Ipswich
- Mundubbera State School - Mundubbera
- St Mary Mackillop Primary School - Birkdale
Each school will win $1000 to spend on books and resources. Find out more here.
TUH are proudly participating in the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program. The program recognises organisations that are taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women and accredits them as a White Ribbon Workplace. White Ribbon Workplaces are respectful and proactive in relation to the safety of women at work. For more information visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au
Salvation Army's Youth Outreach Service
TUH proudly supports the Salvation Army's Youth Outreach Service Education program. This program helps children who find it difficult to fit into main-stream schools to complete Grade 10 and Grade 12 certificates. TUH provided 2 scholarships annually for students which are presented at an Awards ceremony. For these students to be awarded with these certificates is an outstanding achievement as many are dealing with other difficult issues in their life. It was a proud moment for TUH and the students to celebrate their great success.
For more information visit Salvation Army's Youth Outreach Service or watch this video to see the difference they make in the community.
Adopt an Aussie
We believe that education can open the door to the future and enable a child to be all they can be. TUH has proudly taken up sponsorship of two young Australians (a pre-schooler and a primary school child) through the 'Adopt an Aussie' program run by the charity A Start in Life.
This charity has been helping to change the future of underprivileged young Aussies, regardless of race, colour or creed for over 87 years. Their philosophy is to create a brighter future for young Australians. Our support enables two students to go beyond just uniforms, text books, stationery and basic educational tools. It's about ensuring a nutritious breakfast before school, having food in their lunch box, maintaining good health, being able to join in school activities and excursions, having a bat for cricket or glasses for reading.
For more information visit A start in life
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
In May TUH employees put on their aprons and get busy in the kitchen for a great cause - the Cancer Council's 'Biggest Morning Tea'. The day's activities include a raffle and a bake-off, which usually produces a large amount of very tasty and beautifully decorated cakes that keeps TUH buzzing with a sugar rush for hours afterwards - not to mention raises a substantial donation (which is matched by TUH) towards the fight against cancer.
For more information visit the Cancer Council
QCT Teaching Awards
The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Excellence in Teaching Awards - 'Excellence in Teaching' and 'Excellence in Beginning to Teach' - began in 2009 as a way of recognising and celebrating the achievements of Queensland's inspirational teachers.
TUH has been a proud sponsor of the 'Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award' since inception. We believe these awards are a way to give back to the education community which has been so supportive of us.
The QCT assesses applications against three criteria:
- Demonstrated excellence in a teachers' specialist field;
- Significant contribution to the teaching profession;
- Being an inspirational role model for other teachers.
Consideration also includes individual achievements as well as those as part of a school or system, demonstrated innovation and creativity that leads to effective student learning outcomes, and effective professional relationships within the school community.
For more information on the awards visit Queensland College of Teachers.
TUH holds a Stakeholder breakfast each year to thank the education community for their support. This breakfast is attended by principals, teachers, union representatives and other stakeholders.
Pat Welsh from Channel 7 hosts the breakfast and we have had a variety of speakers including Professor Ian Frazer, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO and TUH ambassadors John Eales and Jodie Henry.
Acknowledgement of traditional owners
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work each day, and pay our respects to Elders of those lands, both past and present.