QTU President’s comment 27 Jan 2015

Schools get off to a flying start in 2015

In a major amendment to the structure of education in Queensland that has been 5 years in the making, more than 65,000 students will start years 7 and 8 in state secondary schools across Queensland for the first time today.

Every school year begins a new adventure in education for a wide range of students. Prep students start formal schooling for the first time, the beginning of a thirteen year education journey that will prepare them for the world of 2027 and life-long learning. Traditionally, last year’s year 7 students would also be starting secondary school. This is always an exciting and daunting time for students and parents alike.

For the first time in 2015, Queensland secondary schools will cover six year levels (years 7 to 12), bringing us into line with most other states across Australia in this regard. This of course means that two groups of students are starting secondary school today creating significant challenges for all concerned.

State schools from Thursday Island to the Tweed and from Bundaberg to Birdsville today welcome 525,000 students to the 2015 school year. We offer our very best wishes to all teachers, principals and students and look forward to celebrating their successes in education as the year unfolds.

Kevin Bates
QTU President