Cleveland State School top teaching accolades

20 October 2014


Cleveland State School has been recognised as one of Queensland’s best in education excellence for their innovative S.P.E.A.K program.

Cleveland State School have taken out the Showcase Award for Excellence in Community or Industry Partnerships.

Cleveland State School has teamed with Redland Libraries to provide free accessible and family-friendly opportunities to develop a strong foundation in oral language over a child’s first five years through its S.P.E.A.K (Speaking Promotes Education And Knowledge) program.

There have been significant improvements in the school’s Prep students’ oral language since the program started in 2011.

The program will potentially benefit the lives of more than 100,000 children following the development of the SPEAK (Speaking Promotes Education And Knowledge)  App as a joint project by the Redland Libraries, the Department of Education, Training and Employment and Queensland Health.

The awards helped to inspire teachers to set great examples for their colleagues in their school, in their region and throughout the state.

We promised at the election to revitalise frontline education services and the real winners tonight are Queenslanders because quality education benefits not only students, but the whole community.

Students to get Great Results from extra funding

25 September 2014

Students in Cleveland are set to benefit from the second round of Great Results Guarantee funding announced on 24 September.

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson, welcomed the announcement on behalf of local students. 

More than $1.8Million would go directly to Cleveland schools in 2015,   $700,000 more than last year’s allocation.  

The Queensland Government has a strong plan for the state’s future, which is why we are working hard to revitalise frontline services, particularly education,

Local schools have already experienced the benefits of the Great Results Guarantee initiative and this funding boost will continue to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of our students.

The funding would empower principals to invest in programs and initiatives that will make a real difference in their school by targeting areas for improvement.

Schools are encouraged to involve the community in deciding how to invest the funds, and their guarantees are published on their website.

The more involved a community is with the school the more likely students will enjoy a successful education experience.

A total of  $183 million would be provided to all Queensland state schools next year, a $52 million increase on the $131 million provided in 2014, the first year of the Great Results Guarantee.

The Great Results Guarantee base funding amount for secondary schools has increased in 2015 to $230 per student, which of course includes our Year 7s moving into high school next year.

On top of per-student funding allocations, additional funding was also allocated to schools with students in Years 3 to 12 who were not demonstrating sound achievement in mathematics and English.

For more information on the Great Results Guarantee, visit

Great Results Additional Funding Breakdown 2015 Estimated funding

  • BayView State School  - $173,770
  • Cleveland District State High School - $506,772
  • Cleveland State School  - $215,547
  • Dunwich State School - $39,264
  • Ormiston State School - $168,000
  • Redland District Special School -  $49,750
  • Thornlands State School - $203,970
  • Wellington Point State High School - $326,203
  • Wellington Point State School - $133,83


The Newman Government continues to increase its investment in education in Cleveland.

The funding comes on the back of the $300 million for school maintenance and $535 million Great Teachers = Great Results initiative and the recently delivered $5m for the Cleveland District State High School year 7 buildings.

The Great Results Guarantee initiative sees a further $1.25 million invested in Cleveland schools.  The Great Results Guarantee ensures that our schools are meeting results in literacy and numeracy.

After successfully lobbying the state government to deliver flashing lights outside Thornlands State School and the Redland District Special School, Mark is calling for more to be rolled out around the electorate.  Please send us your thoughts as to where you think the need is greatest around our schools.

Great Results Additional Funding Breakdown

  • BayView State School  - $131,476
  • Cleveland District State High School - $188,920
  • Cleveland State School  - $190,451
  • Dunwich State School - $39,264
  • Ormiston State School - $149,506
  • Redland District Special School -  $46,194
  • Thornlands State School - $160,114
  • Wellington Point State High School - $107,390
  • Wellington Point State School - $111,166

Total    $1,124,481

Cleveland's Results

Cleveland schools maintenance backlog slashed

28 August 2014

Cleveland children will have the best possible learning environment thanks to the third round of the Newman Government’s $300 million commitment to revitalise Queensland state schools.

The investment would almost completely clear the maintenance backlog left by the previous Labor Government.

Eight schools in the Cleveland electorate are set to share $870,000 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.

  • Cleveland District State High School- $303,200
  • Cleveland State School- $61,700
  • Dunwich State School-  $82,380
  • Ormiston State School- $67,715
  • Redland District Special School-$45,807
  • Thornlands State School- $115,650
  • Wellington Point State High School- $68,666
  • Wellington Point State School- $130,100

The Newman Government had also saved time and money by allowing schools to have maintenance completed by local tradespeople.

This has really cut red tape, and it has allowed our schools to go direct to market to source local contractors for planned or routine breakdown maintenance. This gives them the benefit of finding the best value service from the best people available locally.

The previous Labor Government’s legacy had left Queensland state schools with a $300 million maintenance backlog that saw schools in Cleveland fall into disrepair.

Because of Labor’s neglect, school facilities in Cleveland were left to decay.

Our students deserve the best chance at the best possible education, and safe and effective working facilities are the most basic foundation for this.

 Now that we are on the cusp of achieving a milestone in its own right – to clear the maintenance backlog of all state schools in Queensland – we will continue to fund schools to address newly identified maintenance to ensure this situation doesn’t repeat itself.

This maintenance funding is a key part of our strong plan to deliver better outcomes for students – we’re also boosting teacher quality, increasing school autonomy and improving student discipline.

Our investment will ensure Queensland remains a great state with great schools well into the future.

Libraries funded for the future

15 August 2014


Families in Cleveland can rely on their local library to continue and improve its services after the State delivered $68.4 million funding to 319 public libraries.

Funding, including $617,900 for Redland City Council, would ensure Queensland’s public libraries would retain their lead as innovative, social and virtual learning spaces.

Even though we inherited a huge debt, the Newman Government has continued to prioritise what is important to Cleveland families.

Libraries are the cornerstones of lifelong learning throughout the state and this money will support public libraries in 72 councils across Queensland.

Libraries can apply to spend up to 50 per cent of the grant in any year on a priority project such as redesigning library spaces or to foster the library’s role as a technology centre for all.

We’re working with councils around the state to help develop the best libraries to suit local needs.

 Supporting our public libraries is part of the State Government’s drive to provide arts for all Queenslanders.

Public library grants were calculated based on populations, with a number of weightings applied for population age, growth rate and location.

Boost for Prep teacher aides at Thornlands & Birkdale State School in 2015

23 June 2014


Preppies in two state schools in Cleveland are set to benefit from an additional 62.5 Prep teacher aide hours each week in 2015.

Mark Robinson welcomed the announcement of the Newman Government’s 54 million four-year Boosting Prep for our children’s future commitment.

“The Newman Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for our youngest Queenslanders and by funding more teacher aide hours we are ensuring children have extra support to develop learning and social skills at an early age,”Dr Robinson said.

“The early years of school set the foundation for life-long learning and success, which is why the Government believes it’s vital to invest significantly in this area.

“Teacher aides play a critical role in Prep classrooms and I welcome this move on behalf of our youngest learners.”

Dr Robinson said Cleveland schools Birkdale State Schools and Thornalnds State School were among the 127 state schools across Queensland to benefit, sharing in 2,250 additional Prep teacher aide hours per week next year.

 “Children in Prep classes will have greater access to teacher aides, which will help ensure improved outcomes and smooth transitions from study to training and work, all the way from crayon to career.”

 Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the $54 million four-year plan had already provided significant benefits to Queensland children.

“In 2013, the first year of the initiative, 152 Prep classes in more than 100 schools benefitted from additional teacher aide hours,” Mr Langbroek said.

“This year another 2,250 hours per week were allocated to 384 Prep classes in 69 schools.

“Prep students across Queensland are already benefitting from the additional support available each day, and we’re ensuring this benefit continues throughout 2015 as well.”

Mr Langbroek said schools with the greatest need had been selected for funding, with final allocations for each school to be determined by Prep enrolments at the start of the 2015 school year.

“As the son of a teacher aide I am well aware of the significant investment of time and energy they put into helping their students, and I understand the importance of ensuring proper funding to ensure teaches aides can continue to help Queensland children learn and grow,” he said.

BayView State School Multipurpose Hall Open

23 April 2014

Bayview State School Mulitpurpose grand openning with Principal Peter Black and Education Minister Hon. John-Paul Langbroek.JPG

It was an honour to have the Education Minister, the Hon John-Paul Langbroek visit Thornlands to perform the official opening of the BayView State School indoor multipurpose auditorium.  To see this key piece of infrastructure finally delivered and operational was an exciting day for the school and local community.

Thornlands State School Flashing School Lights

1 November 2013


Thornlands State School and Redland District Special School will soon benefit from flashing lights improving safety for students and motorists.

The Newman Government continues to ramp up its commitment to improving safety around school zones.

Thornlands State School and Redland Distract Special School are on track to receive flashing lights as early as next week to alert motorists they’re approaching a school zone

School lights are being installed at schools where there is a significant crash history, high level of car and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits or visibility problems.

The Newman Government is committed to the safety of all Queenslanders on our roads – especially our littlest ones and flashing school lights will ensure an extra safety boost around school zones.

The signs act as an extra reminder for parents and other motorists to slow down in and around school areas while young Queenslanders made their way to and from school.

Motorists need to remember children are unpredictable when crossing streets and by slowing down you are diffusing a potentially dangerous situation.”

The Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing school light at over 300 school zones.