State schools shine at Showcase Awards

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing The Honourable Grace Grace

Queensland’s leading state schools have been honoured at the 22nd annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, with ten winners announced via a livestream video.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Showcase Awards recognise and reward innovation in teaching and leadership practice in Queensland state schools.

“I am very pleased to say the calibre of submissions and finalists was simply outstanding once again this year,” she said.

“All of our winners and finalists should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved to enhance students’ learning experiences and advance Queensland’s future through quality public education.

“As well as rewarding great state school teachers and principals, the awards recognise schools for delivering innovative programs that lift the standards of education.

“I congratulate all nominees for their work and congratulate them for achieving recognition through these prestigious awards.”

Ms Grace said this year’s award recipients, along with the state and regional winners, had shared in $200,000 of grants.

“The awards program underlines the high quality of education available to students in Queensland and demonstrates that our state school students are part of a world class education system,” she said.

In 2021, 94 award submissions were received from 125 schools and programs involving more than 50,000 students across Queensland.

Ms Grace acknowledged the generous support of the Showcase Awards sponsors.

“We couldn’t deliver this important program without the generous support of our sponsors,” she said.

The 2021 Showcase Awards sponsors are CQUniversity Australia; Education Queensland International; Griffith University; Network 10; QSuper; Queensland Teachers’ Union; QUT; and RemServ.

The 2021 Showcase Awards winners are listed below. The full list of state finalists is available at

State Winners – 2021 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools

The Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years

The North Coast Curriculum Leaders – Maryborough West State School, Bundaberg East State School, Bundaberg West State School, Chatsworth State School, Childers State School, Granville State School, Griffin State School, Gympie Central State School, Gympie East State School, Gympie South State School, Gympie West State School, Jones Hill State School, Kilkivan State School, Maryborough Central State School, One Mile State School, Pomona State School, Tinana State School, Tin Can Bay State School, Undurba State School, Urangan Point State School, Walkervale State School, Woongarra State School, Towards Zero

The QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years

Browns Plains State High School, Attitude to learning

The CQUniversity Australia Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education

Robina State High School, Stronger together – a shared vision for inclusive education

The RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement

Camira State School, Early years transitions – the best start!

The Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement

Pimlico State High School, The Global Education Program – Making a world of difference

The Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education

Sunset State School, Removing barriers to achievement

The Queensland Teachers’ Union Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Eidsvold State School, Building cultural capabilities; a collaborative approach

The QUT Showcase Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lucy Cantle, One Mile State School

The Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership

Meredith Wenta, Kirwan State High School

The Bevan Brennan ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ Award

Oakey State High School, OSHOBA Social Enterprise

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