Page 2124 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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skills, and that seeing the different modes and avenues for the delivery of PE lessons has already influenced differentiation in her classroom practice. Well done to Danielle and all of the other teachers involved in this project on their commitment to the profession and their dedication to bring leading practice to the classroom.

Last year I visited Lake Tuggeranong College to see firsthand the Country as Teacher research project. This is happening across four ACT public schools. This project is building cultural integrity by engaging teachers and students with time on country to sit and be present. I was invited to be part of a yarning circle, where teachers spoke about their time on country, led by UC researcher Ben Wilson. Helen Uren-Randall, a teacher involved in the research at Lake Tuggeranong College, says the program’s focus on Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing gives teachers permission to sit and think about curriculum connectedness to country. The outcome was that the teachers were able to take this task back to their classrooms and share their experiences with their students across a broad range of subject areas. It was a privilege to participate and hear teachers speak passionately about the ways in which they have connected with country and learnt about from the local environment.

I look forward to visiting more schools to share in the incredible research our teachers and school leaders are conducting in partnership with UC to make the ACT school system nation-leading in teacher education and research. I commend the Affiliated Schools Program and thank the University of Canberra for their commitment to the program. Through it, you are making an important contribution to the future of education in the ACT.

Lastly, and most importantly, thank you to all of Canberra’s teachers and school leaders. Your commitment to the development and learning of our children and young people is admired. It is your dedication to students and our future teachers that is driving the continuous improvement of teaching practice here in the ACT.

I present the following paper:

Investing in the future of education through the Affiliated School Program—Ministerial statement, 2 August 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

COVID-19 pandemic—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.20): Thank you Mr Assistant Speaker. I rise to provide the Assembly with an update on the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and the actions being taken by the ACT government to protect the health and wellbeing of Canberrans.

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