Boost for Prep teacher aides at Thornlands SS 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

Mark Roninson, Principal Peter Black & Education Minister Hon. John-Paul Langbroek 

29 April 2014

A new multimillion dollar hall has been officially opened at BayView State School in Thornlands – one of Queensland’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) schools.

Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson and Minister for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek officially opened the hall, saying it represented a win for people power and a reflection of the community campaign which secured the funding for the multi-purpose hall.

“The school has expanded dramatically since its opening with 276 students in January 2010,” Dr Robinson said.

“It now has 662 students from Prep to Year 7 in 2014.

“Along with Peregian Springs State School on the Sunshine Coast, BayView was one of the first PPP schools built as part of the $1.1 billion Aspire Consortium’s delivery of seven schools in South East Queensland’s high growth areas.

“As the school wasn’t operating in 2009 it wasn’t eligible for federal government funding for a new hall and the local community took up the cause presenting an e-petition to the Queensland Parliament in August 2011.”

Mr Robinson said he was pleased the Newman Government was able to fund the project through its 2012-2013 capital works program.

“I also thank the school’s Parents and Citizens Association for its generous contribution of $35,000 for audio-visual and lighting equipment and stage curtains.

“The school’s students will put the new facilities to the test in Term 3 with their first musical theatre production, The Rocky Monster Show, a primary school version of The Rocky Horror Show.

“It will also be the very first time that the students will be able to hold their end of year concert on home soil.”

The hall has been used for assemblies since the beginning of the school year and it is now used by community groups for dance, martial arts, football and outside school hours care. It is also used as a sports hall and performing arts centre.

Minister Langbroek said the official opening was a reminder of the Newman Government’s commitment to achieving better student outcomes and revitalising frontline services as promised at the election.

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.