School of Education and Professional Studies Head of School Message — March 2021

Professor Donna Pendergast AM

Welcome to the first trimester of 2021. After what can only be described as a year that changed everything, 2021 promises to be a year of hope and optimism. We are very excited to be orientating the largest ever cohort of initial teacher education students into our Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching programs. The field of teaching and professional education has never been more valued with heightened community awareness reflected in this increased popularity. Our newsletter features a diversity of stories including some of the achievements and activities of our amazing current students and recent graduates, providing inspiration and life-changing impacts. We are proud to share details of the collaborative Kombumerri Together project which ensures local students develop a greater understanding of the Kombumerri’s custodianship of the land in the Gold Coast region. This project has been two years in the making and includes the production of 49 videos of stories passed down through generations of families, providing insight into how Country has always been a place of teaching, research and learning for Kombumerri people. The videos are supported by resources and learning materials, and available to all, giving educators access to Indigenous cultural knowledge. I encourage you to explore their website.

Please enjoy this issue of our School newsletter.