Kids in Care Christmas Appeal
With Christmas just around the corner, it is a good time to stop and consider those children who will not be enjoying the festivities with their own families this year for reasons such as abuse or neglect.
The Kids in Care Christmas Appeal is run by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services each year and aims to provide a Christmas present for every child and young person in care, from babies to 17 years of age.
Last year we had an overwhelming response to the appeal, with every child in care receiving a gift.
If you would like to help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas, my electorate office (located at Level 1, Kenmore Village) is a donation point.
Presents can include a range of presents, including gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes and books. Gifts for teenage boys and girls, as well as the little ones, are greatly appreciated.
Gifts do not need to be costly — inexpensive presents can bring just as much joy as something expensive — gifts worth approximately $20 may be suitable.
Gifts should be new but please leave them unwrapped to make it easier for them to be matched to each child’s age and gender.
The appeal runs until 5 December to allow time for gifts to be sorted and allocated and gifts can be dropped into my office right up until the last day.
Further information on the Appeal can be found on the Department’s website.
Get Ready with waterproof USB wristbands
With the summer storm season on our doorstep, the Government has produced waterproof USB wristbands to help Queenslanders Get Ready for emergencies.
The USB wristbands can be used to store a portable copy of important family documents (such as insurance policies, property deeds, banking records and birth certificates) that may not otherwise be readily accessible in a disaster due to damage or power outages.
Many residents throughout Moggill have keenly felt the impact of natural disasters in recent years and I would strongly encourage everyone to put plans in place for possible emergency situations—whether flood, fire or storm—and to ensure that all family members are familiar with what to do in these scenarios.
This should include what you will do if your home experiences disruptions to its power or water supply; if you or a family member requires medical assistance; if your property is damaged; and if you have pets that need to be looked after.
Locals are welcome to collect a free USB wristband from my office to include in your emergency kit, and you can also visit Get Ready Queensland for more information and advice on how to get prepared.
Three local schools to gain independence in 2015
Congratulations to Brookfield State School, Kenmore State School and Pullenvale State School who have today been named among 50 Queensland state schools that will become Independent Public Schools (IPS) in 2015.
The IPS system gives schools a greater say in how they are run, allowing them the flexibility and control to and shape their own future direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students. Parents, teachers and the school community will have real input on what is best for their children and their school.
Our three local schools were selected from more than 80 expressions of interest around the state, demonstrating that they have the capacity to assume greater responsibility and to implement innovative educational programs that will achieve the best possible student outcomes.
The schools will have more freedom in their own staffing, procedures and policies, reducing the associated layers of management and red tape and allowing them to focus on delivering a high quality education for their students.
I was proud to have prepared this policy for the 2012 state election and I am very pleased to see the terrific benefits its rollout has had both here in Moggill and across the state.
Locally we have already seen the great success of the IPS system in both Kenmore South State School and Kenmore State High School—two schools that produce outstanding outcomes and have strong support from their communities—and I am absolutely delighted that Brookfield, Kenmore and Pullenvale State Schools have also been extended this opportunity.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of IPS in 2015 to 130, exceeding the Government’s commitment of 120 state schools by 2016/7.
The Government has now extended its target to 250 IPS by 2017, giving even more Queensland schools the opportunity for increased autonomy.