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Dr Janet Reynolds Award for Service to HEIA(Q)

The Dr Janet Reynolds Award is awarded for outstanding service to HEIA(Q) over a period of time. The HEIA(Q) Committee of Management decides on the recipients of this award, which is presented at the HEIA(Q) annual state conference. The inaugural awards were made in 2015 to members Denise McManus and Cheryl Conroy; Aileen Lockhart was the recipient in 2016, Susan Smith in 2017 and Rosie Sciacca in 2018.

Recipient of the HEIA(Q) 2018 Dr Janet Reynolds Service Award

In a packed room of nearly 400 home economics professionals, Rosemarie Sciacca was awarded the 2018 Dr Janet Reynolds Award for service to the Queensland Division of the Home Economics Institute of Australia. Congratulations Rosie!

Rosie Sciacca has contributed to HEIA ever since she was a student. As a third year student in 2006, Rosie contributed a paper to the HEIA national journal entitled ‘Why not have a knock off?’, when she concluded ‘Clearly, fakes are not simply a basic economic issue, but a complex social issue affecting the entire global community’. So even as a young student Rosie was aware of global issues affecting Home Economics.

In 2009, when only in her second year of teaching, Rosie took on the role of Secretary of the HEIA(Q) Committee of Management and has been on the committee ever since. She was secretary until 2014 (so for five years), when she bacame Vice President and later that year also took on the role as Treasurer when the position had not been filled at the AGM. She still holds those positions today.

Rosie has regularly taken on roles such as organising World Home Economics Day celebrations and HEIA(Q) Annual General Meetings and has made many contributions to the HEIA(Q) newsletter, InForm.

Rosie has regularly presented at HEIA(Q) and national conferences, with her presentations always being very well received. Indeed she presented on the day of her award at the HEIA(Q) state conference. In 2015 Rosie was part of the HEIA(Q) regional professional development team when she presented eight two-and-a-half-hour workshops from Brisbane to as far north as Cairns on Connecting Year 7–10 students with inquiry processes and multimodal assessment techniques, again all very well received.

It is not hard to see why Rosie has been awarded the Dr Janet Reynolds Award for service to HEIA(Q). Congratulations, Rosie.

Teacher Excellence Awards

Each year, the Queensland Division of the Home Economics Institute of Australia invites nominations for the HEIA(Q) Home Economics Teacher Excellence Awards.

Recipients of the HEIA(Q) 2018 Teacher Excellence Awards
HEIA(Q) President Kirsten McCahon was delighted to award Teacher Excellence Awards to the following:
The 2018 awards went to:
• Kerry Braby, St Patricks College in Mackay
• Michelle Harris, San Sisto College in Brisbane
• Belinda Ingram, Canterbury College
• Samantha Johnson, Moreton Bay College in Brisbane
• Jill Shehab, All Saints Anglican School, Gold Coast.

About the awards
Each year, nominations are invited for practising teachers who have, in recent times, demonstrated excellence consistently across several facets of home economics education such as teaching practice, curriculum development, student success, professional activities . . . Primary focus should be given to activities relating directly to home economics but may also include activities relating to, for example hospitality and early childhood. Nominations must be made on the nomination form that is made available each year and sent to:

Teacher Excellence Awards
Home Economics Institute of Australia (Q)
PO Box 351 Hamilton Central QLD 4007
or email to


  • Nominees must be financial members of HEIA Inc (individual or school).
  • A member who has received an HEIA(Q) Home Economics Teacher Excellence Award is eligible for re-nomination three years after receiving the award.
  • A maximum of three awards will be presented annually. A panel will review the nominations.
  • The nomination must address at least two of the three criteria comprehensively but be clear and concise, occupying no more than two A4 pages.
  • You may nominate a colleague or nominate yourself.
  • The nomination must be seconded by another member or a school representative such as the Principal.

This is an invaluable opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work done by home economics practitioners. Home economics teachers contribute much to education in Queensland and this is one way the profession can acknowledge practitioners who excel.

The Excellence Awards are presented at the annual HEIA(Q) state conference. Regional functions may be arranged to celebrate awardees from regional centres.

Seven HEIA(Q) members awarded scholarships under the NESLI Advanced leadership Program

Great news! Once again, following a partnership between the HEIA(Q) Conference Organising Committee and the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI), eleven leadership scholarships for HEIA members were announced at the HEIA(Q) state conference on Saturday 18 August 2018. Seven of these were for HERIA(Q) members. One full scholarship (valued at $5950) and ten partial scholarships were awarded through the Women & Leadership Australia’s Advanced Leadership Program. These scholarships were available only to HEIA members and will enable the successful applicants to participate in the accredited Advanced Leadership Program (ALP), a six-month part-time program specifically designed for female schoolteachers. The grants were allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for HEIA women members.

The successful candidates who were announced and introduced at the conference were:
Full scholarship:
• Stephanie Holmes, Redbank Plains State High School, Brisbane
Partial scholarships:
• Bianca Beard, Unity College, Caloundra
• Samantha Johnson, Moreton Bay College, Brisbane
• Sharyn Laidlaw, Agnew School, Brisbane
• Romana Wallace, Mackay North State High School
• Terasa Wedley, The Lakes College, North Lakes (just north of Brisbane)

Five other partial scholarship winners who were announced at the conference but could not be present were:
• Sinead Ray, St Peter’s College, Brisbane
• Natalie Carslake (SA)
• Amanda Johnson (SA)
• Sophie Milne (SA)
• Vanessa Rivett (WA).

Congratulations to all scholarship winners. We look forward to hearing about your leadership adventures and achievements.