Flood-affected schools reopening

Tuesday, 19 April, 2022

Flood-affected schools reopening

Six Queensland schools that were closed or at reduced capacity due to flooding will all be reopened in time for Term 2.

Significant works over the school holidays have allowed Milpera State High School, Aviation High, Rocklea State School, Milton State School, One Mile State School and St Helens State School to reopen.

Education Minister Grace Grace commended the outstanding efforts of Queensland’s most flood-affected school communities.

“I’d like to thank the tremendous work of our principals, staff, parents and carers — our entire school communities — for all their hard work to restore almost normal operations as soon as possible,” Grace said.

“I also thank the team at QBuild and various staff right across the Department of Education for their cooperation and outstanding work to support all flood-affected schools through this difficult period.

“I’m sure I join with staff, students and parents of the six reopening schools in expressing my delight that essential flood recovery works have been completed and the school bells are ready to ring again.

“While some minor remediation work may need to continue in Term 2, this will not impact teaching and learning.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the eight schools that hosted flood-affected students so they could continue to learn in a safe environment while their schools were being prepared for their return.

“For example, around 150 students and their teachers from One Mile State School used facilities at Gympie Central State School and all students and staff at St Helens State School were welcomed temporarily at Maryborough West State School.

“In other examples, West End, Windsor, Ithaca Creek and Brisbane Central State Schools hosted classes from Milton State School.

“Milpera State High School relocated all of its classes to Yeronga State High School, while Rocklea State School relocated its classes to Salisbury State School.

“That sense of support and stability would have been extremely valuable to students and their families, as well as staff, during a time of crisis.

“This has been a fantastic effort by all involved to ensure the impact on each school community is minimised.”

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