Community is very important to TUH 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.
Healthy Educators' Program
TUH and Cancer Council Queensland have joined together to enhance community wellbeing and quality of life and recognise the special role teachers and educators play in promoting a healthier world.
Through a series of educational workshops, this program helps educate our educators, and minimise harmful exposure to the Queensland sun. It also focuses more broadly on cancer prevention and healthy living – nurturing healthier, happier communities. The workshops will be held across Queensland in 2018.
Find out more here
Premier's Reading Challenge 2015, 2016 & 2017
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 Premier’s Reading Challenge for three years, 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 2017 we received over 1,384 thank you messages from students to 792 teachers at 364 schools. The winning schools for 2017 were:
- Goodna State School
- Cavendish Road State High School (Coorparoo)
- Gin Gin State School
- St Peters Catholic Primary School (Rockhampton)
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Bracken Ridge)
TUH's commitment to responding to and assisting in the prevention of family/domestic violence has seen it achieve accreditation to become a White Ribbon Workplace. For more information visit whiteribbon.org.au.
TUH Health Fund is proud to support beyondblue's excellent support services and the awareness they create for the Australian public. While beyondblue’s primary focus is on the needs of people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide, they also believe that a better understanding of what mental health is and how to achieve it will help everyone in Australia reach their full potential. You can call their support services on 1300 22 46 36 or visit beyondblue.org.au.
Stepping Stone Clubhouse
TUH is proud to partner with Stepping Stone Clubhouse, an organisation assisting adults with a mental illness to develop the skills and confidence to lead satisfying and productive lives in their community. The Stepping Stone Clubhouse provides a supportive environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted by mental illnesses and are on their way to recovery. We are honoured to welcome a Stepping Stones Clubhouse member to our team. Visit steppingstoneclubhouse.org.au for more.
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 Jeff Horn, Professor Ian Frazer, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Wayne Bennett, 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.