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Education & Learning

In Queensland the education system is organised into seven categories:

  1. Childcare
  2. Kindergarten – Children must be at least 4 by 31 July in the year they attend the program.
  3. Prep – Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol.
  4. Primary School – ages 5 to12 years (Years/Grades 1 to 6)
  5. Secondary School – ages 12 to 17 (Years/Grades 7 to12)]
  6. Institute of Further And Technical Education (TAFE)
  7. University

The dates of school holidays vary between the publicly funded government schools and our private fee paying schools such as, for example, independent and Catholic and Protestant religious schools. While it’s best to check with each school, the term dates and holidays for government funded schools are on the Education Queensland website.

In addition to these school holidays, Queensland has 11 public holidays a year on which schools are closed. The dates of these holidays are listed on the Industrial Relations website.

Childcare
Finding child care can be a daunting and time-consuming process. With many options, how do you select the best child care near you? To help you our local Gladstone childcare providers are listed at: http://www.careforkids.com.au/child-care-centre/gladstone/4680 To find out more about how one of our major Gladstone industries supports childcare in Gladstone, please go to http://www.hereforgladstone.com.au/community-fund/here-for-childcare
Kindergarten
Kindergarten programs are not compulsory, however, they help to prepare children for school. This is done through play based learning, early literacy and numeracy development and concepts and communication skills to help their reading and writing ability.
Prep
Prep is also not compulsory and is an early education program only offered in primary schools. Prep provides the foundation for your child’s success at school by developing a positive approach to learning, thinking and problem solving skills, early literacy and numeracy and independence and confidence.
Primary School
Primary school provides the first six years of compulsory education for your child.
Secondary School
Secondary school provides a further four years of compulsory education (years 7-10) followed by a further two years (years 11-12) of post-compulsory education.
Central Queensland University Dual Sector
Central Queensland University (CQU) and the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQ TAFE) operate as a dual-sector university. The two institutions were merged in 2014 to provide opportunities for all Queenslanders to develop skills that deliver real job outcomes.

A dual-sector university provides smoother pathways between vocational training and higher education programs giving students more flexibility, more credit for prior learning, and faster course completion times. The merger provides the Central Queensland community a higher education provider delivering both TAFE and university programs to meet the changing skills needs of the region.

The dual-sector University offers certificate, Diploma and Degree qualifications in a variety of fields. To find out more information about our local dual-sector University visit the website.

Finding child care can be a daunting and time-consuming process. With many options, how do you select the best child care near you? To help you our local Gladstone childcare providers are listed on the Care for Kids website.

To find out more about how one of our major Gladstone industries supports childcare in Gladstone, please go to the Here for Gladstone website.

University provides higher education for students wishing to study a degree or undertake research. To find out more about our local university please visit the university website.

 

Public & Private Schools

You have the option to educate your children through either public (government funded) or private (independent) schools. Public schools do not charge a tuition fee while private schools do charge a tuition fee and are also supported by religious organisations.

All Gladstone Schools operate in accordance with the Queensland Government’s education guidelines. Primary School students start Prep at 5 years of age and complete Primary School at grade 6. Students then complete grades 7 to 12 in a High School.

The Gladstone Region offers both Private and Public schooling options. Below is a list of the Primary Schools:

Public Primary Schools
Kin Kora State School

Gladstone South State School

Clinton State School

Boyne Island State School

Ubobo State School

Calliope State School

Gladstone West State School

Private Primary Schools

St Francis Catholic Primary School

St John’s Primary School

Star of the Sea Primary School

St Stephen’s Lutheran College

Trinity College

Public High Schools

Toolooa State High School

Gladstone State High School

Technical College Gladstone Region

Tannum Sands Secondary School

Private High Schools

Chanel College

St Stephens Lutheran College

For information about the academic performance of these schools please go to the MySchool website and enter the name of the schools in which you’re interested.

 

School EMP

A School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) is introduced in a state school which is nearing its Student Enrolment Capacity to ensure sufficient facilities are available for in-catchment students.

This means that Principals of these schools are required to restrict the enrolments from out-of-catchment students.

For more information or to see the list of schools with EMP in place please go to the Education Queensland Website.

School Catchment Areas
A catchment area is the defined geographical area from which a state school accepts its core intake of students. Catchment areas for all Queensland state schools are available on DETE’s EdMap website.

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