26 September 2023

Schools given top marks for hard school year

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All Queensland students, staff, and school communities have been congratulated by State Ministers for their success and resilience in 2022.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was proud of how schools had handled the challenges thrown their way in 2022 and was delighted with their achievements.

“We may have started the school year with COVID-19 disruptions and then significant flooding, but we are definitely ending 2022 on a high,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“School communities have proven their resilience once again by bouncing back from every challenge and continuing to deliver excellence in education.”

Minister for Education, Grace Grace said 2022 had seen new schools, a record infrastructure investment, and air conditioning delivered to every single school classroom, library, and staffroom in Queensland.

“We opened three new schools in our fastest-growing communities and continued to deliver a massive program of works upgrading education infrastructure right across the State,” Ms Grace said.

“This year we also completed our $477 million Cooler Cleaner Schools Program two months ahead of schedule. It means every single classroom, library, and staff room in Queensland is now air conditioned.”

In addition, the 200,000 solar panels installed through the Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program were helping to slash electricity costs and cut carbon emissions.

“While students and staff enjoy a well-earned break, construction will be ramping up over the holidays providing important work for tradies during December and January,” Ms Grace said.

“In 2023 we will deliver more classrooms, new schools, and even better facilities.”

She said the Disability Resourcing Model would support 30,000 more students; an allocation of $1 billion would result in free or cheaper kindergartens for 40,000 families, and every State school would be able to install a Dignity Vending Machine providing free access to period products.

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