Over a million Queensland students have now walked back through the school gate, as the 2021 school year officially begins.
The Queensland government expects almost 870,000 students to start back at state schools today, along with 54,000 teaches and 19,000 teacher aides.
While independent and Catholic schools will welcome back more than 284,000 students across 535 schools.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says there are more classrooms, more teaches and better facilities waiting for many students this year.
“Today is an exciting time for students and families as well as our school staff and communities,” the Premier said.
“It’s the very first day of school for 66,800 Preps, including 47,300 preppies who are enrolled at Queensland state schools.
“My government is deeply committed to providing world-class education to Queensland families, no matter where they live.
“Our infrastructure spend in 2020-21 of $1.9 billion is also an investment in almost 4800 jobs for local tradies as we unite and recover from the impact of the global pandemic,” she said.
On the Gold Coast, the new Gainsborough State School is opening for the first time in Pimpama this morning.
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It’s one of five new schools opening around the state.
“Our five new state schools that opened this morning – Palmview State Primary School, Palmview State Special School and Baringa State Secondary College on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane South State Secondary College at Dutton Park and Gainsborough State School on the Gold Coast – are of a world-class standard,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.
“We’re also on track to deliver three new state schools for 2022, supporting almost 600 jobs.”
Good luck this year everyone!