26 September 2023

Flooded schools all dried and recovered

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All flood-affected Queensland schools have now reopened, with the Minister for Education, Grace Grace thanking school communities for their “outstanding efforts” in making it happen.

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

She said some minor remediation work would need to continue during Term Two, but this would not affect 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,” Ms Grace said.

Principle of one of the worst-affected schools, Milpera State High School, Julie Peel said the community, QBuild and the Department of Education had been fantastic.

“Everyone’s contribution to helping our school recover from the flood event and get back up and running so quickly is truly appreciated by our whole school community,” Ms Peel (pictured) said.

“Getting back to normal classes at Milpera State School in a relatively short space of time, given what has happened, is particularly important since many of our students are newly arrived migrants and refugees,” she said.

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