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Signpost - Bli Bli State School

July 2009

With Bli Bli State School principal Des Deighton.

Bli Bli State School.

Where is Bli Bli State School?
About 6km east of Nambour in the Sunshine Coast North education district.

Originally a sugar cane area, Bli Bli is now a growing residential area. The community is characterised by a mix of professional and trades people, farmers and workers in the coast's service industries.

When did it open?
The school was due to open on April 1, 1901 but apparently its first head teacher, Alec Purdon, didn't turn up on the first day. So the school was officially opened the next day on April 2.

How did it get its name?
From the name local Indigenous people gave to the area, Bilai Bilai.

How many students?
Approximately 620.

How many staff?
About 55.

How long have you been the principal?
I have been on the Sunshine Coast for just over six years and principal at Bli Bli for 18 months.

Best thing about your school?
The positive attitude of all members of the school community. This is a great place to be!

Claim to fame?
Our strong commitment to the environment.

School motto?
Strive to Achieve.