A state-wide competition to create Queensland’s largest teacher thank you was held in partnership with Queensland artist Rachel Burke.

The competition, an expression of gratitude to the 100,000+ teachers across the state, opened to all Queenslanders to acknowledge teachers, present and past, and highlight their contribution to community.

Winning entries were to be chosen based on creativity, originality and inspiration and the school in each region with the single most creative entry to receive a $1000 Officeworks prize pack for their nominated and have their entry feature as part of an exclusive Rachel Burke art installation, to be unveiled on World Teachers’ Day, 29 October 2021. Individual teachers also have had the chance to win individual $100 gift cards for professional development.

According to Jason Murray, Chief of Member Experience at QSuper, which spearheaded the initiative, the gift of gratitude and recognition for the teachers of Queensland cannot be understated. “Teachers give, day in, day out, often thanklessly and tirelessly. This year more than most I think we’ve found a new level of appreciation for the powerful role they play in shaping our children’s lives and world view. They are mentors, guides and foundational role models for life, and we are humbled by all they do,” Mr Murray said.

“As a leading provider of superannuation to the teaching sector across the state, we’re all for shaping futures at QSuper. Supporting an initiative like this is our small way to shine a light on the incredible contribution of the men and women that make up our dedicated teaching staff, profoundly supporting our children’s futures across the state,” he added.

Commenting on her involvement Artist Rachel Burke, said, “As a mother, a proud Queenslander and an advocate for education, particularly the arts, I’m thrilled to be involved. From the entries received my goal is to create an artwork that will honour Queensland teachers as well as capture the creativity of our kids.” The competition ran until 11:59 AEDT 21 October 2021 via qsuper.qld.gov.au/biggestthankyou where participants could submit their nominated teacher’s name, school, and a message of thanks.

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